Digestive Care Services

Caring for Your Digestive Health

Gastroenterology focuses on preventing, diagnosing, and treating digestive system disorders. This system includes organs found along and associated with the gastrointestinal (GI) tract—including:

  • Upper GI tract – esophagus, stomach, small intestine
  • Lower GI tract – small intestine, large intestine/colon, rectum, anal canal
  • Accessory organs – liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas.

Trios Gastroenterology is here to help adults who have ongoing GI tract symptoms, have identified risk factors for certain conditions, or who wish to be screened.

Full-Service Care

Many symptoms can signal a problem in your GI tract. Some conditions have no symptoms at all for quite some time. If you have GI symptoms or abdominal discomfort lasting more than a few weeks, see a gastroenterologist. Depending on your insurance plan, you may not need a referral.

Trios Health’s board certified gastroenterologists spend quality time with each patient. They are specially trained to care for many GI issues, including:
  • Acid reflux/heartburn
  • Anemia
  • Celiac Disease
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatitis C / HIV co-infection
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Liver disease/cirrhosis
  • Portal hypertension
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Ulcers.

Your Trios gastroenterologist may recommend tests or procedures to help diagnose GI conditions, including cancer. In the rare event of a cancer diagnosis, Trios Cancer Care experts develop and implement comprehensive treatment plans.

Many GI disorders are preventable, treatable, or curable—but early awareness is critical.
  • Understand your personal risk factors
  • Pay close attention to changes in your body and talk to your doctor about persistent symptoms
  • Follow your doctor’s advice about what screenings to have, and when.

Diagnosing and Treating GI Disorders

Trios gastroenterologists perform a variety of GI procedures, which are usually done at the outpatient, state-of-the-art Trios Endoscopy Center.

Services include:
  • Upper endoscopy – A tiny video camera on a long, flexible tube—called an endoscope—is inserted through the mouth to look at the upper digestive system, including the esophagus, stomach, and beginning of the small intestine (duodenum).
  • Colonoscopy – An endoscope is inserted into the rectum to identify abnormalities in the colon, and remove any potentially pre-cancerous growths, called polyps.
  • Non-endoscopic colon cancer screening – Tests the stool for signs of cancer.
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) – Combines endoscopy and fluoroscopy to examine the pancreatic and main bile ducts.
  • Bravo™ pH monitoring – Upper endoscopy is used to insert a miniature pH capsule into the esophagus to measure acid levels over a three-day period.

Your Trios gastroenterologist will guide you every step of the way toward optimal health. If you need surgery, your doctor will coordinate with the Trios Surgery Center. Trios gastroenterologists are on call after hours for patients in and out of the hospital.

Colon Cancer Symptoms

Colorectal cancer can begin without any symptoms, but some warning signs may develop over time. Talk to your doctor if you have ongoing symptoms such as:
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Blood in the stool (bright red, dark, or black)
  • Change in bowel movements, especially regarding stool shape (e.g., narrow like a pencil)
  • Cramping pain in lower abdomen
  • Discomfort or the urge to move bowels when there is no need
  • Weight loss without dieting
  • Constant fatigue.

Colon Cancer Screenings

Colon cancer screenings should begin at age 50 (45 for African-Americans), or sooner if you have any of these risk factors:
  • Strong personal or family history of colon cancer or polyps
  • Family with hereditary colon cancer syndromes
  • Personal history of chronic inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s disease.

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is the safest, most effective screening for pre-cancerous or cancerous colorectal polyps. Pre-cancerous polyps can be removed during a colonoscopy—often preventing cancer.

Hepatitis C

Most people with Hepatitis C have few symptoms—or none—for years or decades. But left unchecked, chronic Hepatitis C infection can lead to liver scarring and cirrhosis. Sometimes those can lead to other life-threatening problems including liver failure or cancer. Get screened if you are at risk so treatment can be most effective.

Hepatitis C Screening

Everyone born between 1945 and 1965 should be screened for Hepatitis C. So should anyone with these risk factors:
  • Any drug use (nasal, injected, smoked)
  • Received chronic dialysis, blood transfusions, or organ transplants before 1990.

Other Trios Resources

Trios offers other related services that you may find helpful. Learn more about:

Endoscopy Center
Cancer Care
Surgery Services