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For Patients

What to Expect.

At Alpine GI, we strive for the best possible patient experience. We treat you as a neighbor, with compassionate and thorough care, using the latest evidence-based protocols to address your stomach problems. Our entire team is devoted to listening to your concerns, answering your questions and discussing the reasons and rationale for therapeutic plans.

What is Gastroenterology?

Commonly known as gastro medicine, gastroenterology is the study of the normal function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, small intestine, colon and rectum, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. It involves a detailed understanding of the normal action of the gastrointestinal organs through the stomach and intestine (motility), the digestion and absorption of nutrients into the body, removal of waste from the system and the function of the liver as a digestive organ. Gastroenterology includes common and important conditions such as colon polyps and cancer, hepatitis, gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn), peptic ulcer disease, colitis, gallbladder and biliary tract disease, nutritional problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and pancreatitis. In essence, all normal activity and disease of the digestive organs are part of the study of gastroenterology.

Common Disorders & Procedures

Common Disorders

Abdominal discomfort
Celiac disease/gluten sensitivity
Constipation
Diarrhea
Difficulty swallowing
Diverticulosis
GERD (Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease)
Hepatitis B and C
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Ulcer Disease and Gastritis

Procedures

Advanced Procedures and Stent Placement
Diagnostic Colonoscopy
ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)
pH Probe Monitoring
Screening Colonoscopy
Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy
Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a procedure that allows one of our board-certified gastroenterologists to exam the inner lining of your large intestine. While you are sedated and comfortable, he or she uses a thin, flexible tube, called a colonoscope, to look at the colon.

A colonoscopy is useful in finding colon growths (polyps), tumors, sources of bleeding and areas of inflammation. During a colonoscopy, tissue samples can be collected (biopsy) and abnormal growths can be removed.

Colonoscopy is also frequently used as a screening test to check for colon cancer and to remove precancerous growths in the colon. Screening is usually recommended starting at age 50. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer or colon polyps, even earlier screening may be recommended.