Expert gastroenterological care

Our board-certified gastroenterologists at Sky Ridge Medical Center provide care for a variety of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, ranging from heartburn to life-threatening conditions like colorectal cancer. We offer diagnostic colonoscopy and endoscopy services and surgical treatment options, including minimally invasive procedures.

The GI department at Sky Ridge includes a multidisciplinary team of physicians, surgeons, nurses and other experienced staff who work together to provide the highest quality of care.

Gastrointestinal conditions and disorders we treat

In addition to specialized treatment for gastrointestinal, liver and colon cancers, we also treat other common disorders, such as:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Acid reflux and GERD
  • Constipation
  • Diverticulitis
  • Gallstones
  • Gastritis
  • Heartburn
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Liver disease

To learn more about our GI services or to speak to a specialist, please call us at (720) 225-5DOC (5362).

Acid reflux

An estimated 30 to 40 percent of Americans suffer from a form of reflux, whether it is the occasional bout of heartburn to a more serious case of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Reflux can present with a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Heartburn
  • Sour, acidic taste in the mouth
  • Voice changes
  • Chronic cough

Over-the-counter reflux medications can help alleviate some of the symptoms but will not solve the underlying problem. The ongoing reflux can eventually cause damage to the lining of your esophagus (resulting in a secondary condition known as Barrett’s esophagus) and predispose you to esophageal cancer. Early diagnosis and proper treatment is key to minimizing your risk developing other, more serious conditions.

Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is inflammation or infection in the digestive tract. Watch Dr. Ken Blake as he discusses the symptoms of and treatment for diverticulitis.

Liver disease

The liver is the second largest organ in your body, weighing in at around three pounds. It performs many important functions, including processing food and drink into energy and nutrients and filtering out harmful substances from your blood.

Common types of liver disease

  • Hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Alcohol-induced liver disease
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Common symptoms of liver disease

  • Fatigue or excessive tiredness
  • Jaundice or yellowing of the eyes and skin
  • Dark urine
  • Very pale or light-colored stool or bowel movements
  • Bleeding from the GI tract
  • Mental confusion
  • Retention of fluids in the abdomen