The gastrointestinal tract (also known as your GI tract) includes the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines and rectum. It also includes organs that assist in digestion - the liver, gallbladder and pancreas. While most people have experienced some form of GI discomfort in their lives, Carle Digestive Health experts can help you determine when random discomfort becomes a cause for concern.
Research shows people who have routine colorectal screening experience better treatment results and increased cancer survival rates. With the combination of highly trained, experienced providers and access to the latest technological advancements, you can be confident you’ll receive great care.
A colonoscopy is a test that uses a long, thin, flexible tube to look at the lining of your whole colon and rectum to identify polyps or cancer. This is the only method that blends testing and prevention by removing polyps that could lead to cancer.
While colonoscopies are the most common screening tool used to detect colorectal cancer, there are noninvasive screening options available such as stool DNA testing (Cologuard®) and at-home stool tests like a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) or guiac-based fecal occult blood test (gFOBT). It’s up to you and your doctor to determine the best screening option for you based on your risk level for colorectal cancer.
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We provide a wide variety of procedures and techniques to help diagnose digestive health conditions using esophageal manometry and impedence, video capsule endoscopy, double balloon enteroscopy, and even fecal transplants when needed.
The surgeons and support team at Carle use many surgical services to care for the whole patient. Advancements in technology led to the development of minimally invasive techniques. In addition to the traditional gastrointestinal (GI) operations, our skilled colorectal surgeons are experienced in performing a wide range of robotic and laparoscopic surgeries.
Digestive Health Support Groups
From support groups to additional team members – including physical therapists, registered dieticians, social workers and more – our patients are never alone. Our collective knowledge and teamwork is a great resource for patients throughout the treatment and/or recovery process.
Facilitated by Digestive Health staff and practitioners, we offer monthly ostomy and inflammatory bowel disease support groups for patients and family members to learn more about their conditions and connect with people in similar situations. Both groups are free and open to all patients, regardless of where you receive treatment.
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With doctors practicing in 80 specialties at locations throughout the region, it’s easy to find the right healthcare team at Carle. Our mission is to serve people through high quality care, medical research and education.