HSHS St. John’s Hospital provides the latest advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of gastrointestinal and hepatology-related conditions.

Gastroenterology (GI) focuses on conditions and diseases of the digestive system. This includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), and rectum. Hepatology services focus on the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and liver ducts. GI image

Gastrointestinal health issues are common. For instance, liver, bile duct or gallbladder diseases affect one out of ten Americans. Forty percent of Americans experience heartburn weekly.

Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) is just one of the leading-edge techniques offered at St. John’s. EUS provides staging information for cancer and can also reduce surgical risk by giving physicians comprehensive information about the lesion, thus preventing unnecessary invasive exploratory procedures.

Endoscopes also allow physicians to look for stones in the bile ducts and pancreas and give physicians the ability to stop GI tract and obscure bleeding.

Since we all need to be checked for colorectal cancer starting at age 50 (or age 45 if you are an African American), the GI lab offers patients a convenient and accessible location to undergo a colonoscopy.