Many digestive ailments and problems have the same symptoms. For this reason, the Digestive Health department provides consultative services to determine if there is a problem in your digestive tract.
Gastroenterologists are specially trained doctors who are board certified in gastroenterology, the branch of medicine that studies and treats diseases and disorders in the digestive system. We offer a range of consultative services that covers the areas of general gastroenterology, hepatology, pancreatobiliary diseases and inflammatory bowel disease.
Our general gastroenterology services include addressing the following diseases and conditions:
- Functional bowel disorders (irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS), abdominal bloating, constipation, diarrhea and unspecified functional bowel disorders)
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Diverticulosis and diverticulitis
Hepatology covers disorders of the bile ducts and liver. Our gastroenterology team includes doctors who have additional training in the field of hepatology and offer state-of-the-art treatments for chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections and cirrhosis, and liver cancer.
Patients who need liver transplants are referred to Stanford University Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center or the University of California at San Francisco, but they also receive long-term, post-transplant medical care from our gastroenterologists.
Pancreatobiliary diseases include conditions such as acute and chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, cystic lesions of the pancreas, stones and strictures of the pancreas, obstructions of the bile duct from stones, noncancerous tumors of the pancreas and bile ducts, gallstone disease, and leakage in the bile or pancreatic ducts.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
There are two major kinds of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Our gastroenterologists expertly manage patients with complicated IBD. Our infusion centers offer contemporary IBD treatments, including Remicade and other antibody-based treatments.