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.
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
- Celiac Disease
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Hepatitis C/HIV co-infection
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Liver disease/cirrhosis
- Portal hypertension
- Rectal bleeding
Your Trios gastroenterologist may recommend tests or procedures to help diagnose GI conditions, including cancer. In the rare event of a cancer diagnosis, Trios Hematology & Oncology 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.
Common GI Disorders We Treat
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 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.
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.