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Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology

Digestive problems can happen to anyone, at any age. They’re not always easy to talk about, but you’ll feel at ease at Leon Medical Centers from the moment you’re greeted at the door. Your gastroenterologist and care team of contracted specialists, will listen closely to your concerns. They will talk to you about any tests or treatments that you might need in a way that’s easy to understand. You can be confident you’ll get the right care at Leon.

A digestive problem shouldn’t keep you from living a full and independent life. Let us help you regain your digestive health so you can enjoy life to its fullest.

Each of the gastroenterologists and contracted specialists work alongside a dedicated medical assistant. Together, they bring decades of combined experience to your care. Your treatment will be coordinated among your doctor and other specialists.

You may receive all of your digestive care — from preventive testing, to diagnosis and treatment — in one place. If you choose, we are happy to drive you to and from appointments free of charge. With Leon’s signature white glove service, you’ll feel like part of our family.

Conditions We Treat

We treat many gastrointestinal (digestive) problems from common to complex. These include:

  • Bacterial gastroenteritis (bacterial infections of the gut, including H. pylori)
  • Barrett’s esophagus (tissue damage to the lower portion of the esophagus)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Colon cancer
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hepatitis C virus (HCV)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Ulcers

Removing Barriers to Hepatitis C Treatment

Hepatitis C is one of the most common hepatitis viruses. If it’s not treated, it can lead to liver damage and even liver cancer.

The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the Infectious Diseases Society of America have released new guidelines for the treatment of hepatitis C infection.

Hepatitis C medicines can be expensive. If you qualify for hepatitis C treatment, we will work with you to make sure you have the resources you need to get your medicines.

Cancer Prevention and Care

Your digestive health is important to living a happy, healthy life. That’s why we encourage you to have regular screenings, which prevent many digestive conditions. It’s just one of the ways we partner with you to help you stay healthy.

The gastroenterologists and contracted specialists are trained to diagnose and monitor digestive conditions that have been linked to certain cancers. These include Barrett’s esophagus, hepatitis C and H. pylori bacterial infections.

One of the most preventable cancers that can affect the digestive system is colon cancer. The gastroenterologists and contracted specialists agree with recommendations for regular colon cancer screening for anyone over age 50. This screening — usually done through a test called a colonoscopy — can detect pre-cancerous polyps. If found, your doctor can usually remove polyps during the screening.

Colonoscopy screening is the gold standard for colon cancer prevention and detection. The screening test and its preparation have been greatly improved. To make sure our patients have the best possible experience, we offer:

  • Low-volume (less treatment liquid) colonoscopy prep
  • General anesthesia
  • Water-immersion technique to reduce gas and bloating
  • Free transportation to and from the procedure

We also offer noninvasive blood and stool tests if you’re not able to complete a colonoscopy under general anesthesia.

Integrated Cancer Care

It can be scary to be diagnosed with cancer. If you are faced with a cancer diagnosis, we’re here to help. Our medical expertise, human touch and soothing environment will give you peace of mind so you can focus on healing.

We work hand-in-hand with the oncologists, radiologists as well as contracted specialists and surgeon to offer coordinated cancer care. The doctors and contracted specialists will review your diagnosis and explain your choices before you have cancer treatment. That way, you can make the decision that’s best for you. If you need to see other specialists, we’ll coordinate those appointments.

One Place for Care

You can enjoy seamless care at Leon Medical Centers.

The gastroenterologists and contracted specialists, urgent care centers, and diagnostics department share the same electronic health record. This helps our team work better together on your plan of care. It’s also accessible if you need care while traveling to another city, state or country.

Related Departments, Programs and Services

You deserve the highest level of care, and it should go as smoothly as possible. We make it happen by working directly with other Leon Medical Centers’ departments, programs and medical services. These include: