Gastroenterologists care for your digestive tract, including conditions relating to the esophagus, stomach, intestine, gallbladder, pancreas, colon and rectum.
Hepatology, a related specialty handled by our gastroenterologists, involves diagnosing and treating liver disease.
Some of the gastrointestinal conditions and symptoms treated by physicians who are a part of Mount Nittany Health include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea and constipation
- Esophageal reflux (acid reflux)
- Hiatal hernia (a condition that occurs when the upper part of the stomach bulges into the chest cavity, sometimes causing acid reflux)
- Cirrhosis of the liver (extensive scarring caused by a disease such as hepatitis or alcohol consumption)
- Diverticular diseases (conditions affecting the colon and large intestine, sometimes causing pain, fever, nausea and infection)
- Crohn's disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Polyps, often on the colon
- Delayed gastric emptying
- Rectal bleeding
- Celiac disease
A colonoscopy is a type of endoscopy. It is a test during which a thin, flexible tube is inserted rectally and used to examine your colon, or your large intestine. A colonoscopy is done to allow your doctor to detect and/or diagnose any abnormalities that may be present within the large intestine.
At least one week before your endoscopy or colonoscopy, you will receive a packet from Mount Nittany Medical Center with instructions as well as a prescription for your colonoscopy prep, which must be submitted to your pharmacy at least one week before the procedure. If you do not receive this packet at least a week in advance, call 814.234.8800.
After a colonoscopy or endoscopy, you will be escorted to a recovery area. Plan for the procedure to be completed in about two hours, and make sure to arrange for a ride home.
CT scans, which provide detailed X-ray images of soft tissue, can help with diagnosing gastroenterological problems. Patients who need this procedure done will pick up an oral contrast at least a day before the procedure. Instructions on how to drink it will be given by the Radiology Department at Mount Nittany Medical Center.
Your physician may suggest abdominal ultrasounds to diagnose a gastroenterological problem.
Elevated liver function tests can be used to determine if liver enzymes in the blood are elevated, signaling a problem.
We perform a number of procedures for our patients at Mount Nittany Medical Center in order to diagnose disorders associated with motility (how food moves through the digestive tract) and malabsorption (poor use of food by the digestive system).
These procedures can play a very important role in diagnosing gastroenterolgy conditions, so make sure to follow your physician's instructions closely to ensure the best possible testing conditions.
Find a gastroenterologist below or contact Mount Nittany Health - Park Avenue.
Colorectal cancer is a major public health problem. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, behind lung cancer, and affects men and women equally. More than 140,000 adults are diagnosed with colorectal cancer annually, yet it is one of the most preventable types of cancer.