The specialists at Mercy Hospitals can diagnose and treat a variety of digestive health problems such as colon cancer, ulcers, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Diseases of the digestive tract are responsible for hospitalizing more people in the United States than any other group of disorders. Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield, including Mercy Hospital Downtown and Mercy Hospital Southwest, offer gastroenterology services to treat 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.
You should consider a screening if any of the following apply to you:
Many digestive disorders require care by a gastroenterologist or your primary care doctor. Some of the most common digestive disorders are:
Heartburn—that uncomfortable, burning sensation in the chest that many people occasionally experience after eating—is fairly common. But if you get heartburn frequently, you may be experiencing symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD.
Take this quick assessment to:
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.
To find a doctor specializing in gastrointestinal disorders, or to find a primary care physician (PCP), please use our Find a Doctor tool or call (661) 324-7070.