Saint Joseph Hospital

Gastrointestinal Health

Gastrointestinal issues, sometimes referred to as “GI” issues, often don’t go away on their own – and can seriously affect your quality of life. Our gastroenterologists offer comfort, confidentiality and, most importantly, relief from digestive and colorectal symptoms.

GI conditions and diseases

The digestive system is complex and includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. GI-related conditions include:

Learn more about common colon and rectal conditions or about common liver diseases.

Advanced digestive care

We use the latest technologies to diagnose and treat gastric and intestinal issues. Many options are minimally invasive, such as endoscopy. If surgery is required, robotic-assisted options may be available.

See screenings and tests for digestive disorders.

Learn about treatments for digestive conditions.

Preventive health

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in men and women. Beginning at age 50, you should begin screenings for colon cancer. This may include:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Fecal occult blood testing

If you are at an increased risk of colorectal cancer, you may need to start screenings before age 50 or be screened more often. Speak with your doctor about the appropriate preventive health options for you.

Learn more about colonoscopies.

Don’t be afraid to talk about digestive problems

As many as 70 million people in the United States are affected by a digestive disorder. But many do not seek treatment because it can be an embarrassing or uncomfortable issue to talk about.

If you’re experiencing symptoms, it’s important to talk with your doctor. In some cases, digestive issues indicate underlying health conditions, which are best treated early on.

Find a doctor near you.

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