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Gastrointestinal Conditions and Diagnoses Treated

The Center for Digestive Health at St. Joseph’s provides a full-service, comprehensive program for all gastrointestinal diagnoses. Listed below are many of the diagnoses our fellowship-trained, board-certified and nationally recognized clinical leaders treat.

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Diagnoses Treated

  • Cancers – Colon, esophageal, gastric, liver and digestive tract
  • Non-Cardiac Chest Pain (NCCP) – Also referred to as angina, NCCP is a term used to describe chest pain that resembles heart pain. Always seek medical assistance when any kind of chest pain is experienced to rule out a heart attack. 
  • Chronic Diarrheal Disorder – Chronic diarrhea is fatty or malabsorption (impaired digestion of fats), inflammatory or most commonly watery. Chronic bloody diarrhea may be due to inflammatory bowel disease. Seek medical assistance if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. 
  • Colon polyps – A small growth on the inner lining of the large intestine. Some can grow into cancer. Polyps in the colon often do not produce any symptoms.  Colonoscopy screenings for polyps are recommended for men and women over the age of 50, unless otherwise recommended by your physician. 
  • Constipation – One of the most frequent gastrointestinal complaints. Constipation means too much straining with bowel movements, passage of small hard stools or a sense that they have not completely emptied their bowels.
  • Diverticular Disease – Small pouches, or sacs, that form and push outward through weak spots in the colon wall. The colon is part of the large intestine. Diverticulitis occurs when the diverticular become inflamed, or irritated and swollen, and infected. Diverticular bleeding occurs when a small blood vessel within the wall bursts.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), including Barrett – GERD happens when stomach contents leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus and irritate it. This is because a muscle at the end of the esophagus does not close properly. Barrett’s is when the tissue lining the esophagus is replaced by tissue that is similar to the lining of your intestines.
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding, anemia and occult bleeding – Any of these symptoms may be a sign of disease. Seek medical assistance if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
  • Gastroparesis – Gastroparesis may also be referred to as ‘delayed gastric emptying’. This is a disorder that slows or stops the movement of food from stomach to the small intestine.
  • Hemorrhoids – Swollen and inflamed veins located around the anus or lower rectum. Seek medical assistance if you have rectal bleeding.
  • Hepatitis – Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. There are three types of hepatitis due to the type of virus that caused it: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C. Seek treatment at the St. Josephs’ Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation.
  • Fecal Incontinence – Also referred to as bowel incontinence, fecal incontinence refers to the loss of bowel control, causing you to pass stool unexpectedly. In order to control bowel movements, the rectum, pelvic muscles, anus and nervous system need to all work together, but if any one of these fails to work properly the result may be fecal incontinence.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – Oftentimes the combination of pain and/or discomfort in your stomach and changes in how often you have bowel movements lead to a diagnosis of IBS.
  • Liver diseases – There are a variety of liver diseases. Seek treatment at the St. Josephs’ Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation.
  • Liver failure – Seek treatment at the St. Josephs’ Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation.
  • Pancreatitis (Acute and Chronic) – Pancreatitis occurs when digestive enzymes attack the pancreas and nearby tissues, causing abdominal pain. Acute pancreatitis is the sudden onset of inflammation in the pancreas that can be resolved within a few days from treatment. Pancreatitis is considered chronic when it does not heal or improve. Rather, it gets worse over time. Both acute and chronic pancreatitis are serious conditions and require treatment.
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease – A peptic ulcer is a sore on the lining of your stomach or duodenum (the first part of the small intestine), and rarely may develop just above the stomach in the esophagus (esophageal ulcer). An endoscopic procedure can help to identify the cause and determine an appropriate treatment plan.
  • Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia and Achalasia) – Dysphasia is a swallowing disorder that makes it difficult to safely swallow liquids, foods, or saliva. Some people may be completely unable to swallow these items. This may lead to malnutrition and/or dehydration, as well as other serious medical problems. Achalasia affects the body’s ability to carry food from the mouth to the stomach. This is due to a disorder of the esophagus; when nerves in the esophagus are damaged.