Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago

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Center for Digestive Health at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital

If you or a family member has a digestive disorder, you want high-quality care to relieve your symptoms as soon as possible. Our gastrointestinal (GI) professionals have years of experience and training to accurately assess your symptoms, diagnose your condition and provide fast, effective treatment.  At Presence Saint Joseph, we use the latest procedures to diagnose and treat a variety of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders and diseases. When it comes to quality GI care, you can count on our proven team for expert care with a focus on your comfort. Our GI program at the Center for Digestive Health features:

  • Experts in digestive disorders: Our team of specialists has board certifications and fellowship training in internal medicine and many GI specialties. We focus on treating the whole person and work closely with each patient’s primary care physician for fast, effective diagnosis and treatment.
  • Personalized care: Our physicians and highly trained nurses and staff focus on each patient’s specific needs as we work to diagnose the condition and develop a treatment plan. To help patients understand and feel comfortable with a procedure or test, our nurses contact patients beforehand to discuss the procedure and answer questions.
  • Academic level of care: Our gastroenterologists (specialists in digestive disorders) have access to the most advanced technology for diagnosis and treatment. At the Center for Digestive Health, you can expect the same level of care as at university medical centers in our community hospital environment.
  • Expertise for improved outcomes: Each year, our team cares for about 4,000 patients with all types of digestive conditions. Seeing a high volume of patients enables us to build our expertise and help our patients achieve the best possible results.
  • Convenience: You’ll find all of our services on the same floor in the Presence Center for Advanced Care, including diagnostic imaging, treatment and access to Presence Saint Joseph’s weight loss surgery program. Learn more about the Presence Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics.

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Presence Saint Joseph: Digestive Disorders We Treat

Our gastroenterologists treat a wide range of GI problems, including:

  • Cancer in any area of the digestive system, including the throat, esophagus, stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine, rectum and anus
  • Fecal incontinence: Loss of bowel control, allowing stool to leak unexpectedly
  • Gallstones: Solidified digestive fluids, such as bile, in the gallbladder
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): Leakage of contents from the stomach back into the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding: Bleeding from anywhere along the digestive tract, from the esophagus to the anus, that can be a symptom of other conditions
  • Heartburn: Painful, burning sensation in the chest or throat, caused by stomach acid leaking up into the esophagus
  • Hemorrhoids: Inflamed, swollen veins in the lower rectum or around the anus
  • Hepatitis: A group of infectious diseases that lead to inflammation of the liver, usually caused by viruses or excessive drug or alcohol use
  • Inflammatory bowel disease: A group of diseases such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis that cause inflammation in different areas of the digestive system
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): A disorder of the large intestine that can cause diarrhea, constipation and related symptoms
  • Peptic ulcer: A sore in the lining of the stomach or first part of the small intestine (duodenum) caused by a bacterial infection that damages the lining, allowing acid to eat away at the lining

Diagnosis and Treatment of Digestive Disorders

Our expert gastroenterologists and skilled nurses use the latest, most advanced diagnostic imaging tools and techniques to assess your symptoms. We then develop your individualized treatment plan, which may include lifestyle changes, medication or a procedure. As part of our diagnostic process, we may order imaging tests to help us determine the cause of your symptoms. We do all our own imaging here, including:

  • CT (computed tomography) scan: Specialized X-ray equipment that produces cross-sectional images of the body
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan: A machine that uses a large magnet and radio waves to create detailed images of organs and other tissues inside the body
  • Ultrasound: Equipment that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce moving and still images of organs and other tissues inside the body
  • X-ray: Imaging that uses radiation to produce images of structures inside the body, including bones and conditions such as pneumonia and gallstones


In many cases, we can treat the condition during a diagnostic procedure. Depending on your specific case, we may perform one or more of the following procedures for diagnosing GI disorders:

  • Colonoscopy: Your gastroenterologist uses an endoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a tiny light and camera) to examine the lining of your entire large intestine (rectum and colon). Your physician may take a biopsy (tiny tissue sample) of any areas that need further analysis. If your physician finds a polyp (small clump of cells) during the colonoscopy, he or she can remove it at that time. A colonoscopy can find precancerous and cancerous growths in the large intestine.
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP): Your gastroenterologist uses an endoscope to take X-rays to find and remove blockages in the bile ducts and the pancreatic duct. During an ERCP, your physician can destroy or remove gallstones; take a biopsy of suspicious tissue in the pancreas, gallbladder or bile ducts; and diagnose other conditions in these areas.
  • Endoscopic ultrasound: Your physician uses an endoscope with an ultrasound attachment to create high-resolution images in the digestive tract. An endoscopy ultrasound can examine the lining of the stomach, upper and lower GI tract and other organs such as the pancreas and liver.
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy: Similar to a colonoscopy, a sigmoidoscopy is a procedure in which your physician examines the rectum and only the lower part of the colon. During a sigmoidoscopy, your physician can take biopsies or remove polyps. A sigmoidoscopy can find precancerous and cancerous growths in these areas.
  • High-resolution anoscopy: Your physician uses a short anoscope (thin, hollow tube) to examine the lining of the anal canal. During the anoscopy, the physician applies special stains to make any abnormal cells more visible and may take a biopsy (tissue sample) for further analysis. An anoscopy can find precancerous cells before anal or rectal cancer develop.
  • Upper GI endoscopy (EGD): Your gastroenterologist uses an endoscope to examine the lining of your upper GI tract, including the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. An EGD can help find the cause of symptoms such as persistent heartburn or other upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bleeding or difficulty swallowing. During an EGD, your physician may be able to treat some conditions such as removing polyps or foreign objects and stopping bleeding.


Contact Us

To learn more about our services or schedule your appointment, call 855.5GI.DOCS (544.3627) or request an appointment online.

Presence Saint Joseph Hospital

Center for Digestive Health

2845 North Sheridan Road

Fifth Floor

Chicago, IL 60657

855.5GI.DOCS (544.3627)



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