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Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology is the field of medicine relating to the treatment of the gastrointestinal tract. Gastroenterologists focus on the treatment of diseases of the digestive system, this includes a range of organs starting at the mouth and ending at the rectum.

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Gastroenterologists in Gainesville

We want to identify the cause of your digestive discomfort and provide treatments to restore your quality of life.

At HCA Florida North Florida Hospital, we provide the care you need to maintain your gastrointestinal (GI) health. Our digestive health specialists treat all types of GI conditions and symptoms, including heartburn and acid reflux.

In addition to comprehensive diagnostic procedures and treatments, our hospital is home to the North Florida Endoscopy Center. This specialized hospital unit offers patients a seamless, quality experience when undergoing a same-day endoscopy procedure.

Gastrointestinal conditions we treat

Because the digestive tract includes several organs, our GI doctors offer treatment for a wide range of GI conditions patients may experience, including:

  • Achalasia
  • Anal fissure
  • Barrett's esophagus
  • Candida esophagitis
  • Celiac disease
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Crohn's disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Heaptitis
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Ulcerative colitis

Our digestive health services and treatments

Our specialists work with you to determine the most effective treatment plan to restore your GI health.

Gastrointestinal imaging and testing

Since all of the organs of the GI system are internal, we use specialized diagnostic procedures to identify diseases and evaluate function. We perform the following GI screenings and tests:

  • Bravo pH testing
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
  • Esophageal manometry
  • Small bowel enteroscopy
  • Upper GI endoscopy

Gastrointestinal surgery

Our GI surgeons offer surgical treatment options for digestive health conditions, including:

  • Colectomies
  • Complex biliary tract surgery
  • Complex liver and pancreatic surgeries
  • Esophagostomy
  • Gastrectomy
  • Liver resection
  • Surgical oncology, including abdominal surgery and treatment for peritoneal carcinomatosis
  • Whipple procedure

GI cancer care

Our hospital offers a comprehensive cancer care program to provide diagnostic testing and treatment for patients with GI cancer. We treat:

  • Colon and rectal cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Small and large intestinal cancer
  • Stomach cancer

North Florida Endoscopy Center

North Florida Endoscopy Center hosts experienced gastroenterologists who provide quality care for patients undergoing an endoscopic procedure. The gastroenterologists work alongside registered nurses, endoscopy technologists and support staff who work hard to facilitate your care before, during and after your endoscopy.

For more information, please call (352) 333-5900. We are open Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 4:30pm.

Endoscopy patient instructions

Your physician will give instructions about when to arrive on the day of your procedure. We ask you not to eat or drink anything after the time provided during your preadmission visit. On the morning of your procedure, take only the medications your doctor instructed you to.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing that is easy to take on and off. Please leave any valuables at home. Do not wear eye makeup or nail polish.

You will need to arrange for a responsible party to drive you home after the endoscopy. You will not be allowed to drive yourself. If a responsible party is not available to take you home, your doctor will cancel the procedure. You may only take a taxi or car service if someone can ride with you.

Due to limited space in our waiting area, we ask you to bring no more than two support people.

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