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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 Nashville, Tennessee, and Bowling Green, Kentucky

Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are uncomfortable, and we are sensitive to that.

TriStar Health's GI experts in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky improve your gut health. We diagnose and treat a wide range of digestive system diseases and are confident we can help you.

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Gastroenterological conditions we treat

Certain GI conditions may require our gastroenterologists to work with physicians in other specialties, such as surgical care, oncology and nephrology (kidney care). No matter the issue, our experts collaborate to offer high-quality care every step of the way. The gastrointestinal tract disorders we treat include:

  • Acid reflux
  • Anemia
  • Celiac disease
  • Colon issues (e.g., diverticulitis)
  • Constipation
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal cancers
  • Hepatitis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Pancreatitis
  • Polyps
  • Ulcers

Specialty GI services we offer

Whether you are seeking treatment for anything from acid reflux to a form of gastrointestinal cancer, our gastroenterology services are designed to help you turn your quality of life around.

Advanced adult and pediatric GI care

Our gastroenterologists provide complete care for the GI tract, the system of organs that work together to digest food. Organs in the GI tract include the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, small intestine, large intestine and anus.

Heartburn is a very common condition affecting the GI tract, and one that most people experience at some point. However, chronic heartburn can be a symptom of acid reflux or, in more severe cases, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). A potentially serious complication of GERD happens when the lining of the esophagus changes to resemble tissue lining the intestines, increasing the risk of esophageal cancer, a condition called Barrett's esophagus.

Similarly, children who experience persistent stomach aches may be dealing with GERD, and we offer a full range of pediatric gastroenterology services to help restore your child’s digestive health.

GERD treatments

Our hospitals provide effective treatment for GERD, including several types of bariatric surgery.

We also treat Barrett's esophagus with a procedure called radiofrequency ablation (RFA). This procedure destroys damaged cells with heat, while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue.

Gastrointestinal cancer treatment

Our GI specialists screen for, diagnose and treat a variety of gastrointestinal cancers. We offer unique treatment and use state-of-the-art equipment to serve the special needs of each patient and create personalized care plans. If you are concerned about a possible diagnosis, it is important to note the potential risk factors for GI cancer.

Risk factors for GI cancer

Certain factors may increase the risk for GI cancers, such as:

  • Being age 55 years old and older
  • Certain medical conditions or infections:
    • Common variable immune deficiency (CVID)
    • Gastric atrophy
    • Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori) bacterial infection
    • Hepatitis B or hepatitis C virus
    • Pernicious anemia
    • Untreated GERD
  • Diet high in meat, salt, fat, smoked foods and pickled vegetables
  • Diet low in fruits and vegetables
  • Family history of gastrointestinal cancers
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • Previous stomach surgery
  • Smoking
Diagnostic services for GI cancer

Once you come in to see us about a potential diagnosis, we will use advanced imaging tests and diagnostic procedures to provide an accurate diagnosis. Our suite of diagnostic services include:

  • Biopsy
  • Blood test
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan
  • Digital rectal scan
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Upper GI series
GI cancer treatments

Our surgical oncologists have specialized knowledge of rare, unusual and complex cancer types, and apply a variety of treatments for these disorders. Some of our GI cancer treatments include:

  • Chemoembolization
  • Radiation therapy
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Radiosurgery

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