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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 South Tampa, Florida

We know how digestive conditions can cause discomfort in your everyday life.

At HCA Florida South Tampa Hospital, we are here for you with a full range of diagnostic and treatment services to address your gastrointestinal (GI) condition. From advanced endoscopy services to heartburn treatment, we are committed to your care. Our team of gastroenterology specialists will work together to make sure you receive the treatment you need for your digestive condition.

Gastric and intestinal conditions we treat

Our gastroenterologists are experts in their field and are here to help by diagnosing and treating any GI issues you may have, including:

  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • GI bleeding
  • Heartburn and acid reflux
  • Intestinal disorders

Our GI treatments and services

We offer comprehensive patient-centered care for a wide range of GI disorders, including endoscopic services and treatments for GERD.

Endoscopic services

We have an advanced endoscopy surgical suite dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of GI conditions.

The endoscopic procedures performed in this suite combine advanced technology with patient-centered care.

Endoscopic procedures offered include:

  • Esophageal 24-hour pH monitoring — Assesses the amount of acid backing up into the esophagus from the stomach.
  • Bronchoscopy — Allows your doctor to view inside the airways via a bronchoscope.
  • Colonoscopy — Detects changes or abnormalities in the colon, such as polyps.
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) — Allows your physician to view the bile and pancreatic ducts.
  • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) feeding tube — Provides nutrients, such as food, liquid and medications, directly to the stomach.
  • Sigmoidoscopy — Allows your doctor to view inside the sigmoid colon (pelvic colon) and identify abnormalities, such as ulcers, polyps, cancer and/or abnormal cells.
  • Small bowel endoscopy — Allows your doctor to closely examine the small intestine and aids in diagnosing and treating small bowel conditions.
  • Upper endoscopy — Examines the upper GI tract, including the esophagus, stomach and part of the small intestine.

GERD treatment

Many people experience heartburn and acid reflux from time to time. However, chronic heartburn and acid reflux could be a sign of GERD.

GERD affects millions of adults in the U.S. and is caused by the weakened lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle improperly allowing acid and bile to reflux from the stomach. It can cause injury to the esophagus lining and, oftentimes, symptoms such as chest pain, heartburn, regurgitation, sore throat and cough.

Our digestive specialists offer advanced treatment options for patients with GERD. These treatments include:

  • Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication — This minimally invasive procedure restores the natural function of the LES.
  • Magnetic reflux management system — This procedure helps keep the esophageal sphincter closed to prevent acid reflux.
  • Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) — This procedure alleviates symptoms associated with GERD.

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