Gastroenterologists in Gainesville, Florida
At North Florida Regional Medical Center, we provide the care you need to maintain your gastrointestinal (GI) health. Our digestive health specialists treat all kinds of GI conditions and symptoms, including heartburn and acid reflux. Our goal is to identify the cause of your digestive discomfort and provide treatment that restores your quality of life.
In addition to comprehensive diagnostic procedures and treatments, our hospital is home to the North Florida Endoscopy Center. This is a specialized hospital unit dedicated to providing patients with a seamless, quality experience when undergoing a same-day endoscopy procedure.
To learn more about our GI services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (352) 333-4300.
Gastrointestinal conditions we treat
The digestive tract includes several organs, so there are a wide range of GI conditions that patients may experience. The GI doctors at our hospital offer treatment for a variety of these conditions, including:
- Achalasia—This disorder occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not open during swallowing. This makes it hard for food and liquid to pass into the stomach.
- Anal fissure—This is a small tear that occurs in the lining of the anus that may cause pain and/or bleeding during bowel movements.
- Barrett's esophagus—This condition occurs when the normal lining of the esophagus is repeatedly exposed to stomach acid, causing the tissue to mirror that of the intestinal lining.
- Candida esophagitis—This type of esophageal infection is caused by yeast in the esophagus.
- Celiac disease—Also known as celia sprue, this is a chronic disorder of the digestive tract that affects the body's immune response to gluten consumption.
- Cirrhosis of the liver—This condition indicates liver scarring as a result of chronic liver damage.
- Crohn's disease—This type of inflammatory bowel disease causes inflammation in the digestive tract that can lead to symptoms such as diarrhea and abdominal pain.
- Diverticulitis—This condition is represented by inflammation or infection found in one or more pouches of the small intestine.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)—This condition occurs when someone experiences chronic heartburn due to a malfunction of the LES. When the LES improperly allows stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus from the stomach, it can cause irritation.
- Hemorrhoids—These are swollen veins that occur in the lower portion of the anus and rectum that cause pain and discomfort.
- Hepatitis—There are several types of hepatitis, but they all cause inflammation or infection in the liver.
- Hiatal hernia—This type of hernia occurs when a part of the stomach bulges through a portion of the diaphragm, which acts as the barrier between the abdomen and chest.
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)—This disorder of the large intestine causes pain, gas and other abdominal discomfort.
- Pancreatitis—This disease results in inflammation of the pancreas.
- Peptic ulcers—These ulcers are open sores found in the digestive tract, usually in the stomach and first part of the small intestine. We also treat Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacterial infections that may cause ulcers.
- Ulcerative colitis—This type of inflammatory bowel disease causes sores and inflammation in the digestive tract. It most commonly affects portions of the large intestine, such as the colon and rectum.
We also treat GI symptoms, such as chest pain, hoarseness, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, bloody stool and vomiting of blood.
Digestive health testing
Since all of the organs of the GI system are internal, we use specialized diagnostic procedures to identify disease and evaluate function. We perform the following GI screenings and tests:
- Bravo pH testing—This test is used to determine a gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) diagnosis or to determine if surgical treatment for GERD has been effective. A small capsule is placed on the inner wall of the esophagus to monitor pH levels, typically for a 48-hour period.
- Capsule endoscopy—This diagnostic procedure involves the patient swallowing a capsule that is equipped with a camera. As the capsule passes through the GI tract, it takes images of the esophagus, stomach and intestine for further analysis.
- Colonoscopy—This screening exam is an endoscopic procedure used to examine the colon and rectum for any abnormalities or changes. The scope used in the procedure is fitted with a tiny camera to help the doctor visualize the inside of the large intestine. If an abnormality is identified, such as a colon polyp, the doctor can remove it during the procedure.
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)—This endoscopic procedure is used to examine the bile and pancreatic ducts. The endoscope is inserted through the mouth and maneuvered through the stomach and first portion of the small intestine.
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)—This specialized imaging exam is used to identify digestive and lung diseases. It uses an endoscope fitted with ultrasound technology to provide images of the lining of the digestive tract, chest and other nearby structures.
- Esophageal manometry—This test measures the functionality of the lower esophageal sphincter and esophagus.
- Small bowel enteroscopy—This is a diagnostic procedure where the entirety of the small bowel is examined. It is performed using an endoscope and is often used to identify bleeding in the small intestine.
- Upper GI endoscopy—This endoscopic procedure allows doctors to examine the upper lining of the GI tract.
Our Complex GI surgeon offers surgical treatments for digestive health conditions, including:
- Complex biliary tract surgery
- Complex liver and pancreatic surgeries
- Liver resection
- Surgical oncology for GI cancers, including:
- Abdominal surgery for advanced GI cancers and soft tissue tumors
- Treatment for peritoneal carcinomatosis
- Whipple procedure
Gastrointestinal cancer care
Our hospital offers a comprehensive cancer care program that provides diagnostic testing and treatment for patients with GI cancer.
- 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 is staffed by expert 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 the North Florida Endoscopy Center at (352) 333-5900. We are open Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 4:30pm.
Endoscopy patient instructions
You will receive instruction from your physician about when to arrive on the day of your procedure. We ask that you do not eat or drink anything after the time provided during your pre-admission visit. On the morning of your procedure, take only the medications that were instructed to you by your doctor.
Please wear clothing that is comfortable, loose fitting and 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 following your procedure. You will not be allowed to drive yourself. If a responsible party is not available to drive you home, your procedure will be canceled. You may only take a taxi or car service if a responsible person is able to ride with you.
Due to limited space in our waiting area, we ask that you bring no more than two support people with you.