At Saltzer Gastro Center

Our physicians are able to increase access to cost effective, excellent services.

What is Gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is the study of the normal function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. It involves a detailed understanding of the normal action (physiology) of the gastrointestinal organs including the movement of material 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.

It 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.

Common Conditions

  • Colon Polyps & Cancer
  • Diverticulitis & diverticulosis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Fatty Liver
  • Gallstones
  • Ulcers
  • Celiac Disease
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Barrett’s Esophagus
  • GERD or Heartburn
  • Hiatal Hernia

Symptoms

  • Heartburn/gastroesphogeal reflex disease
  • Liver disorders
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Abdominal pain
  • Swallowing disease
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Colon cancer/screening
  • Diarrheal diseases
  • Constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Upper and lower gastrointestinal

Condtions & Treatment

Colonoscopy is the most accurate and cost- effective method for colon cancer screening.

By searching for and removing polyps, colonoscopy has become the standard procedure for early cancer detection and colon cancer prevention.

In addition, colonoscopy is useful for evaluating other symptoms such as abdominal pain bleeding, changes in bowel habits, colitis and anemia.

Sedation for the procedure is provided by an anesthesia provider.

Upper GI endoscopy is a procedure in which a doctor uses an endoscope—a small, flexible scope—to see the lining of your upper Gastrointestinal tract.

An upper GI endoscopy or EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is used to evaluate problems such as ulcer, heartburn and acid reflux, swallowing, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

Sedation for the procedure is provided by an anesthesia provider.