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Gastrointestinal and Digestive Surgeries

Gastrointestinal and Digestive Surgeries

If you are living with a gastrointestinal (GI) condition, procedures offered by the experienced surgeons at MultiCare can help.

Understanding Digestive Diseases

Digestive diseases affect your digestive, or GI, tract. Your GI tract includes your esophagus, gallbladder, large and small intestines, liver, pancreas, and stomach. These organs work together to process foods and drinks and turn them into energy and building blocks for your cells. When the GI tract does not work the way it should, you may have a digestive disease, such as:

  • Gallbladder disease
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Ulcerative colitis

If you have a digestive disease, you may experience a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Belly pain
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unusual weight gain or weight loss

Diagnosing Digestive Diseases

If you have symptoms of a digestive disease, your primary care provider may recommend you see a GI specialist known as a gastroenterologist. Gastroenterologists can conduct tests to let you know what’s bothering you. They have a number of tests available including:

  • A colonoscopy, in which a long, thin tube with a camera on the end is inserted into the rectum to investigate your colon, or large intestine
  • Tests in which you swallow a pill with a tiny camera inside that takes pictures of your GI tract
  • Various other imaging tests that give doctors a clearer view of any damage in your esophagus, stomach, upper intestine, bile ducts, blood vessels, gallbladder, lymph nodes and pancreas

Surgical Treatments

Not every digestive disease needs to be treated with surgery. But if you need surgery, the skilled surgeons at MultiCare are trained to perform a number of advanced procedures to help you feel better.

Whenever possible, we use minimally invasive surgery to help correct your condition. Our surgeons are skilled at procedures to remove the gallbladder, repair hernias (holes in the abdominal wall that can be painful and uncomfortable), and address other conditions, such as ulcerative colitis.

Our surgeons are so skilled in minimally invasive surgeries that they train other surgeons through a fellowship program at MultiCare. So whatever GI procedure you need, rest assured that you have access to the expertise necessary to help you feel better.

Find a General Surgeon Near You

Learn more about our general surgeons specializing in gastrointestinal and digestive surgeries and how they can help you.