From chronic heartburn to complex surgeries of the colon, stomach and
pancreas, Huntington Hospital's gastroenterologists and general
surgeons provide a comprehensive range of interventions, designed to
return patients to health as promptly and as painlessly as possible.
At our gastroenterology center, a team of gastroenterology experts
provides relief for patients suffering digestive ailments and conditions
of the digestive tract, such as chronic heartburn, diverticulitis and
Some of the more common gastroenterological conditions for which Huntington Hospital regularly treats patients include:
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
disease is a common condition caused when stomach acid backs up (or
refluxes) into the esophagus. In most cases, this refluxing of fluid is
due to a defect of the valve (lower esophageal sphincter) that separates
the two organs. The condition is treated with dietary modification
and/or medications called sodium pump inhibitors. If symptoms cannot be
sufficiently eliminated by these methods surgery can correct the
defective valve. Both open and minimally invasive surgical procedures
Gallstones are hard solids that vary in composition and size, and often cause no symptoms. However, if a stone blocks the gallbladder ducts or the gallbladder itself becomes inflamed, complications may occur, including pain in the upper or right abdomen, fever, nausea, jaundice and/or vomiting. Gallstones are easily diagnosed by abdominal ultrasound, a simple, noninvasive imaging technique. Open cholecystectomy is an inpatient procedure available at Huntington
Hospital to remove large stones. We also provide an effective minimally invasive outpatient procedure called laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Inflammatory bowel disease refers to two distinct conditions: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Ulcerative colitis produces inflammation of the colon, while
Crohn's disease often affects the entire digestive tract. Diagnosis is made only after establishing a thorough patient history, performing a physical examination and, if necessary, carrying out a diagnostic minimally invasive procedure to examine the bowel. At Huntington Hospital, a full range of options are available to treat IBD, including medication, diet modification and/or surgery.
Colon cancer is the second most deadly form of
cancer in the United States, claiming approximately 55,000 lives each year. However, recent advancements in screening methods allow physicians
to wage effective, preemptive strikes against the disease, increasing the patient's likelihood of making a full recovery. Today, Huntington
Hospital's highly trained physicians can detect even tiny precancerous growths, known as polyps, through a variety of advanced screening
methods, and can provide the full range of treatment options.
Gastroenterology and General Surgery
When surgery is required, Huntington Hospital's team of skilled surgeons, physicians and other professionals stand ready to provide the most advanced care available in our region. Surgical suites with the most modern instrumentation available help ensure that local patients receive the level of care they deserve and expect from a regional center of Huntington Hospital's stature. In fact, three suites are specifically designed to accommodate sophisticated, minimally invasive
An increasing number of both gastrointestinal (GI) and general
surgery procedures including gallbladder removal, hernia repair,
appendectomy and many colon surgeries, including excision of benign
(noncancerous) tumors, can be performed using minimally invasive
techniques. As a result, patients often enjoy significant reductions in
healing time and postsurgical pain, along with less scarring and a more
prompt return to normal daily activities.
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