What is Gastroenterology (GI)?
GI is focused on disorders related to the digestive system. These conditions may involve the liver, pancreas, stomach, colon (intestine), gallbladder, small bowel, esophagus (throat) and Hepatitis C.
A common GI procedure is a colonoscopy. Colon cancer is one of the most common - and preventable - types of cancers. If you’re 45 or older, it’s important to get a colonoscopy to screen for cancer. If you have a family history or a condition that could affect the colon, earlier and more frequent screening may be recommended.
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Call our medical clinic at 573.756.6751 if you have one or more of these symptoms:
- unexplained loss of weight
- blood in stool
- difficulty swallowing
- stomach pain
- rectal pain
- change in bowel habits
- excessive bloating and gas
Common GI procedures:
Upper Endoscopy (EGD)
An EGD is an upper scope in which your physician will insert a tube into your throat through your mouth to view the esophagus, stomach, and upper portion of the intestine to diagnose problems with these areas. You will receive medication for sedation during the procedure to make you comfortable.
A colonoscopy is a lower scope in which your physician will enter a tube into your rectum to view the colon to help diagnose problems in this area. You will receive medication for sedation during the procedure to make you comfortable.
Important information in preparation for you procedure:
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call our medical clinic at 573.756.6751.