Digestive Health

Digestive Health

USA Health provides patients with leading-edge treatments for a wide range of digestive conditions, from the common to the complex.

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About Digestive Health

Our digestive health specialty supports treatment of various illnesses and conditions of the digestive tract. USA Health gastroenterology specialists provide advanced levels of expertise, experience and technology in treating our patients.

Our interdisciplinary team focuses on improving and maintaining the digestive health of each patient. We treat digestive health conditions such as Barrett’s esophagus, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, colitis and stomach cancer. Using less invasive techniques such as advanced endoscopy, sphincterotomy, enteroscopy and therapeutic laparoscopy, we offer our patients alternatives to more traditional surgical procedures.

As the region’s only academic medical center, we also offer our digestive health patients with new, promising experimental therapies for many types of digestive health problems.

USA Health has received:

The Joint Commission National Quality Approval2017 Accc Innovator AwardNational Committee For Quality Assurance Ncqa

Digestive Health Services

USA Health offers a full range of services and technology for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of digestive health conditions.

Breath Tests

With these tests, we measure hydrogen, methane and carbon dioxide to detect digestive issues relating to lactose, fructose intolerance and bacterial overgrowth. The breath tests are particularly useful in managing irritable bowel syndrome.

Capsule Endoscopy

This minimally invasive technology—also known as camera in a pill—allows doctors to examine and diagnose disorders of the gastrointestinal tract without having to sedate the patient.


Colonoscopy is a procedure used to search the colon and rectum for possible growths or other irregularities.

Deep Small Bowel Enteroscopy

Utilizing specialized endoscopes, we can examine much farther into the small bowel. With this device, we can also control bleeding in the small intestine to often prevent the need for invasive surgery.

Endoscopic Ultrasound

An endoscopic ultrasound lets our clinicians look at your upper and lower digestive tract.


We perform standard upper and lower GI endoscopy procedures, including colonoscopies, to examine the gastrointestinal tract. We have special expertise in advanced endoscopy that may be needed for removing bile duct stones, biliary and pancreatic stent placements, and evaluation of biliary and pancreatic tissues.

Esophageal pH Testing

These tests are available to patients considering anti-reflux surgery, exhibiting atypical or non-responsive GERD symptoms or having non-cardiac chest pains that may be related to gastrointestinal disease.

Gastroesophageal Physiology Laboratory

Using the most advanced high-definition technology, we conduct tests that allow us to evaluate patients with GERD, non-cardiac chest pain, constipation and incontinence. These tests include esophageal and anorectal motility studies.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Our team treats esophageal disorders such as GERD and Barrett's esophagus. USA Health was the first medical institution in the world to introduce volumetric laser endomicroscopy, a non-invasive technique that allows us to detect changes consistent with cancer in the esophageal lining of patients with Barrett's esophagus.

Gastrointestinal Radiology

The center is equipped with advanced equipment for treating digestive diseases with interventional and diagnostic radiology procedures.


Our team has special interest and expertise in diagnosing and treating patients with liver cancer, non-alcohol steatohepatitis (fatty liver), and chronic viral hepatitis.

Inflammatory Bowel

Together with USA Health colorectal surgeons, our gastroenterologists offer integrated and comprehensive management of inflammatory bowel diseases including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

LINX Procedure

Patients suffering from GERD whose condition can't be adequately controlled with medication may be candidates for the LINX procedure. This treatment uses a magnetic device to treat weak esophageal muscles that cause GERD.

Pediatric Digestive Health

Pediatric gastroenterologists treat celiac and Crohn's disease, milk and food allergies, and other pediatric issues related to the esophagus, stomach, liver, intestines and more.

Small Bowel Endoscopy

Small bowel endoscopies can diagnose and treat conditions of the small intestine.

Swallow Studies

A swallow study allows us to diagnose digestive health issues such as ulcers, tumors, swallowing disorders, polyps, GERD and hiatal hernias.

Volumetric Laser Endomicroscopy

USA Gastroenterology was the first in the country to use volumetric laser endomicroscopy to evaluate and diagnose conditions of the esophagus, such as Barrett's esophagus.

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