When it comes to digestive health, the importance of prevention cannot be stressed enough
Gastroenterology | Digestive Diseases
Diseases of the digestive tract are responsible for hospitalizing more people in the United States than any other group of disorders. Chandler Regional has gastroenterologists who specialize in the field of digestive disorders and liver diseases. Whether the answer is a lifestyle change, medication, diagnostic or therapeutic procedure, our doctors work with you to determine the best course of treatment.
When it comes to digestive health, the importance of prevention cannot be stressed enough. Colon cancer is one of the most preventative diseases because it develops from polyps that can be removed before they become cancerous. A colonoscopy is the best screening to detect colon cancer. We are proud to be the second medical center in Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico to utilize the Third Eye® Retroscope® during a colonoscopy.
You should consider a screening if any of the following apply to you:
- Age 50 or older and have never had a colonoscopy
- Use tobacco
- Are obese or sedentary
- Have a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or non-cancerous colorectal polyps
- Have a personal or family history of inflammatory bowel disease, such as long standing ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
Many digestive disorders require care by a gastroenterologist or your primary care doctor. Some of the common digestive disorders are:
At Chandler Regional, we use the latest diagnostic equipment for colonoscopy and endoscopy to diagnose and treat a variety of digestive health problems such as colon cancer, ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Acid Reflux And Heartburn
Heartburn or acid reflux can be serious and lead to Barrett's Esophagus and esophageal cancer. It’s important to talk to your doctor if you suffer from heartburn two or more times a week. He or she may want to give you a prescription or perform endoscopy to check for Barrett's Esophagus
Ulcerative colitis or commonly called colitis, is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in which the inner lining of the large intestine (colon or bowel) and rectum become inflamed. Inflammation usually begins in the rectum and lower (sigmoid) intestine and spreads upward to the entire colon.
Crohn’s disease is one type of chronic inflammatory bowel disease that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Environmental, immunologic, and bacterial factors are known to cause an immune response. This results in an inflammatory reaction of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small bowel, large bowel, or rectum.
About one in 10 Americans develops at least one ulcer during his or her lifetime. An ulcer is an open sore, or lesion, usually found on the skin or mucous membrane areas of the body.
Learn More About Gastroenterology Services At Chandler Regional
For more information on our gastroenterology services or to find a doctor specializing in gastrointestinal disorders, please call 480.728.5414 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.