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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.

Gastroenterologist in Palatka

Our expert team of gastroenterologists at HCA Florida Putnam Hospital provides complete care for many gastrointestinal (GI) conditions — from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

We offer complete care for the GI tract. We use advanced diagnostics and procedures, including colonoscopies, to help patients regain GI health. Our specialized team performs a variety of procedures to diagnose GI conditions and provide patients with individualized treatment plans.

GI conditions we treat

Our physicians are experienced in treating a wide range of GI conditions and symptoms, including:

  • Bloating
  • Celiac disease
  • Chronic constipation
  • Chronic heartburn
  • Esophageal disease
  • GERD
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases
  • IBS
  • Liver disease
  • Motility disorders
  • Pancreatic disease
  • Swallowing disorders

Gastroenterology services and treatments we offer

GI care

We offer a variety of procedures that can be used to both screen for and treat GI conditions, including:

Capsule pH testing

Capsule pH testing is a procedure used to help evaluate patients with chronic acid reflux by measuring the acidity (pH) of the esophagus. During the test, a small capsule is lowered into the esophagus to measure how much acid is flowing back up, or refluxing, from the stomach.


A colonoscopy is one of the most common routine screening options to detect colon cancer. During a colonoscopy, a small scope with a camera is used to examine the bowel’s interior surface for abnormalities, such as polyps.

Upper endoscopy

An upper endoscopy is a procedure used to examine the upper portion of the digestive tract — this includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (the top portion of the small intestine). During the procedure, a small scope with a camera is inserted through the mouth to look for any abnormalities or polyps.

Hemorrhoid treatments

We offer a variety of treatments and services to help patients who are experiencing hemorrhoids. These include:

  • Diet education
  • Medications
  • Procedures to remove the hemorrhoids