According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, approximately 60 to 70 million people are affected by digestive disorders, ranging from the occasional upset stomach to the more life-threatening colon cancer. They encompass disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.
Most digestive diseases are very complex, with subtle symptoms, and the causes of many remain unknown. They may be inherited or develop from multiple factors such as stress, fatigue, diet, or smoking. Abusing alcohol imposes the greatest risk for digestive diseases.
Reaching a diagnosis requires a thorough and accurate medical history and physical examination. Some patients may need to undergo more extensive diagnostic evaluations, including laboratory tests, endoscopic procedures, and imaging techniques. Physicians who specialize in the treatment of digestive problems are called gastroenterologists.
The Center for Digestive Medicine at Houston Northwest Medical Center treats a comprehensive range of GI subspecialties, including diseases of the upper GI tract (esophagus, stomach and duodenum), the lower GI tract (intestines, colon and rectum) and the hepatobiliary system (liver, gallbladder and pancreas).
The Endoscopy Department at Houston Northwest Medical Center provides modern hospital care in surroundings close to your home and family.
You will receive quality medical attention from our skilled and caring staff who will work closely with your physician. Additionally, there are many physician specialties and other services that are provided by our hospital and designed to ensure that your medical needs, anticipated and unanticipated, are met.