Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine focused on a person’s digestive system and its disorders. This kind of medicine focuses on symptoms affecting the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the organs from the mouth into the anus, along the alimentary canal.

Hillcroft Physician provider performing a gastrointestinal exam


Hillcroft Physicians work with patients experiencing symptoms in their gastrointestinal system and help treat them. Suppose you are experiencing symptoms such as abnormal bowel movements, rectal bleeding, frequent heartburn, abdominal pain, bloating, trouble swallowing, or are of age to begin regular screening for colorectal cancer. In that case, you may be instructed to visit a gastroenterologist.

Gastroenterology Services

Hillcroft Physicians treat several different Gastrointestinal problems, including:

  • Celiac disease
  • Colon cancer and other gastrointestinal cancers
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diverticulosis and diverticulitis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Gallstones
  • Gas
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and heartburn
  • Constipation, diarrhea, and loss of bowel control
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including ulcerative colitis
  • Ulcers
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Liver and pancreatic cancers
  • Nausea and stomach pain
Hillcroft Physician provider performing a gastrointestinal exam

Health Tips & Info

What are the most common signs and symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders?
  • Bloating & Excess Gas. Bloating could be a sign of several GI disorders, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), or food intolerance such as Celiac disease.
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Abdominal Pain
What can I expect from a doctor’s visit if I suspect I have gastrointestinal problems?
Doctors examine patients with gastrointestinal problems by looking at them to find the cause of their symptoms. Doctors will have you lie on the exam table and relax. They will then press down on the skin around your belly, listening for odd bowel sounds and feeling for any masses or tenderness.
What are some of the risks of leaving GI symptoms untreated?
Untreated ulcerative colitis can increase the risk of colorectal cancer. The only cure for ulcerative colitis involves the surgical removal of the colon. Medications and diet can relieve symptoms and slow progression and help a person stay in remission for longer.