Bozeman Health GI Clinic
The board certified gastroenterologists specialize in the treatment of
diseases of the digestive system. Using the latest diagnostic testing
in gastroenterology they employ modern treatment techniques to treat such
cases as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome,
GERD (or acid reflux disorder), difficulty in swallowing and hepatitis.So
if acid reflux, heartburn, stomach upset, or any other intestinal issues
are troubling you, the doctors at Bozeman Health GI Clinic will help you
find relief. In addition, screening for colon cancer is highly encouraged.
Gastroenterology is 5 Star Rated by Healthgrades for Gastrointestinal
Care in 2014 and 2015.
Some of the services we offer are:
Colonoscopy is a procedure which enables a gastroenterologist to directly
image and examine the entire colon. A colonoscopy is used for screening
for colon cancer. A key advantage of this technique is that it allows
both imaging of abnormal findings and also therapy or removal of these
lesions during the same examination. This procedure is particularly helpful
for identification and removal of precancerous polyps.
Regular screening, beginning at age 50, is the key to preventing colorectal
cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control. People at higher
risk of developing colorectal cancer should begin screening at a younger
age, and may need to be tested more frequently. The decision to be screened
after age 75 should be made on an individual basis.
HEPATITIS C SCREENING AND TREATMENT
Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from
a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness that
attacks the liver. About 80% of people who get infected develop a chronic,
or lifelong, infection. Over time, chronic Hepatitis C can cause serious
health problems including liver damage, liver failure, and even liver
cancer. It is the most common chronic bloodborne infection in the United
States; an estimated 3.2 million persons are chronically infected.
New and improved treatments are available that can cure Hepatitis C for
most people. Most of the new treatments are taken as pills and do not
require injections. However, treatment for Hepatitis C depends on many
different factors. Our gastroenterologists have different treatment options
available, depending on your needs.
Hemorrhoid banding, or rubber band ligation, is a fast and nonsurgical
approach to hemorrhoid treatment. Unlike hemorrhoidectomy, it doesn’t
require fasting, sedation or post-procedure care. And unlike home remedies
that provide temporary relief, it completely removes hemorrhoid symptoms.
Rubber band ligation is a procedure in which the hemorrhoid is tied off
at its base with rubber bands, cutting off the blood flow to the hemorrhoid.
This treatment is only for internal hemorrhoids. The hemorrhoid then shrinks
and dies and, in about a week, falls off.
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
Pain, bloating and abdominal discomfort could mean you are experiencing
symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Most people only have mild symptoms,
but sometimes the symptoms are so strong that they significantly affect
people’s everyday lives and cause distress. Then several different
treatment options can be considered.
Our specialists can advise patients on dietary changes and use of dietary
supplements to help alleviate symptoms, as well as prescribe medications
when necessary, including anti-cramping medications, those for constipation
or diarrhea, and in some cases, antibiotics.
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has produced educational videos for patients to learn about endoscopic
procedures and the conditions they are used to diagnose and treat.