Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center
5645 West Addison Street
Chicago, IL 60634

Common Digestive Disorders

Our digestive specialists treat a wide range of gastrointestinal problems, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Cancer
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Ulcer Disease

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Do you suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) include:

  • Frequent heartburn
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dry cough
  • Hoarseness
  • Sore throat
  • Post nasal drip
  • Cough

To treat GERD, Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center offers a new surgical treatment called Transoral Incissionless Fundoplication or TIF for short.

This procedure treats the underlying cause of GERD by reconstructing an esophageal valve, the body's natural physical barrier to reflux. Because it is performed through the mouth, no incisions are made and there are no scars. Results are highly successful with the majority of patients experiencing immediate relief from symptoms.

The dedicated TIF team is led by gastroenterologist Amritbhai Patel, M.D., and surgeon Frederick Tiesenga, M.D.

Dr. Patel (photo at right) is board-certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine; is Fellowship trained in gastroenterology; and has been in practice for nearly 30 years. His particular interests include: gall bladder disease, heartburn, liver problems, nutrition and pancreatic disease. Learn more about Dr. Patel or make an appointment.

Dr. Tiesenga (photo at left) is board-certified in surgery and has lectured and taught nationally on surgical procedures. He is Fellowship-trained in laparoscopic gastric bypass; and is an affiliate surgeon of the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons and a U.S. Surgical Proctor for Bariatric Surgery. He has been in practice for nearly 15 years and his special areas of interest is minimally invasive, scarless, laparoscopic surgery. Learn more about Dr. Tiesenga or make an appointment.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Whether the answer is a lifestyle change, medication or an endoscopic procedure, our team of experts work with each patient to determine the best course of treatment, which may include performing screening, diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. Some of the most common procedures for diagnosing GI disorders include:

  • Capsule endoscopy - Used to determine the cause of pain or bleeding, the patient swallows a capsule with a tiny camera that moves naturally through the GI tract, recording thousands of images.
  • Colonoscopy - Colonoscopy enables physicians to examine the entire lining of your colon for abnormalities. If the physician thinks an area needs further examination, he or she will obtain a biopsy of the colon lining to be analyzed. If a polyp is discovered during the colonoscopy, the physician will most likely remove it during the procedure.
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) - This allows a physician to view, locate and treat blockages in the common bile duct and pancreatic duct. Using an endoscope and X-ray equipment, the physician is able to view internal anatomy on a video screen.
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy - Sigmoidoscopy uses a lighted instrument to examine the rectum and lower colon. The examination can find precancerous and cancerous growths in these areas.
  • Upper GI Endoscopy (EGD) - Upper endoscopy allows the physician to examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract using an endoscope. The procedure can assist in evaluating symptoms of persistent upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or difficulty in swallowing. It is also effective in finding the cause of bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract and can be used to treat many abnormalities.
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