Comprehensive Treatment for Digestive Disorders

If you are having serious stomach or digestive problems, then a gastroenterologist may be able to help. Gastroenterology focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of conditions in the digestive system. This includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.

When to See a Gastroenterologist

A patient typically needs a physician’s referral before they can schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist. Primary care providers refer patients to gastroenterologists when their patients have digestive problems that require more specialized care.

Conditions treated by a gastroenterologist include:

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Pancreatitis
  • Hepatitis
  • Liver disease
  • Heartburn
  • Polyps
  • Ulcers

Your primary care provider may order a lab test before officially diagnosing one of these conditions and referring you to a gastroenterologist. A physician may also refer you to a gastroenterologist for a routine health screening such as a colonoscopy, which most people will need starting at age 50.

Close-to-Home Gastroenterology Management

Many gastroenterological conditions require regular trips to the gastroenterologist for management. For communities that don’t have a gastroenterologist, residents may have to make long trips to the nearest city several types a month or week.

The RMC Gastroenterology Department is conveniently located in Orangeburg and serves people in rural communities. Although we serve smaller towns, we provide them with the same services, resources, and technology as a big city facility.

For more information about our gastroenterology services, call 803-395-3960 or toll-free in South Carolina at 800-476-3377.

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