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Gastroenterology

  • Digestive diseases shouldn't slow you down

    Digestive diseases shouldn't slow you down

    We offer the latest treatment options to help beat your gastrointestinal and liver diseases.

Consistently ranked among the best in the country by U.S.News & World Report, Indiana University Health Gastroenterology offer the latest in clinical care, advanced procedural treatments and technology and leading edge research and education.

Our comprehensive gastrointestinal (GI) and liver diseases and endoscopy practice at Indiana University Health brings our patients:

  • One of the top colonoscopy experts in the world and the experience that comes from completing a high volume of successful procedures
  • The latest in Robotic Pancreatic Surgery, leading to shorter hospital stays, fewer complications and faster recovery time for patients.
  • Leading technologies including the use of mini scopes to investigate diseases of the pancreas and biliary tree, lithotripsy of pancreatic stones, natural orifice transgastric endoluminal surgergy (NOTES), and anti-reflux procedures.
  • One of the most robust General Gastroenterology and Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy fellowships in the country, and a dedicated Inflammatory Bowel Disease IBD fellowship (beginning in July 2012).
  • Comprehensive services for all digestive and liver disorders, including screening, therapeutic endoscopic procedures and GI motility disorders.

Gastroenterology Treatment

The experts at IU Health Gastroenterology provide comprehensive care from start to finish, from screening services for early disease detection, to advanced diagnostic procedures and leading edge medical and surgical treatments.

  • Colorectal Cancer Screening Program

    We are heavily involved in the development of optimal strategies for bowel prep, procedural sedation, colonoscopy equipment and techniques, and quality metrics. We serve as the referral center for colonoscopies failed elsewhere, and we are experienced in the endoscopic removal of very large polyps, especially those in the right colon that are typically difficult for endoscopic removal.
     

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program

    Our team specializes in the diagnosis and management of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. We incorporate clinical research and industry-sponsored clinical trials into our treatment plans, providing patients with the best possible options for care.

  • GI Motility Program

    The Neurogastroenterology and Motility Program at IU Health consists of the GI Motility Clinic, GI Motility Diagnostic Laboratory and the Motility Research Unit. The GI Motility Clinic is a comprehensive referral center for the evaluation and treatment of patients with GI motility and functional bowel disorders, such as achalasia, gastroesophageal reflux, gastroparesis, functional dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, and fecal incontinence. We offer extensive services only available at a nationally recognized hospital level, including:

    • Gastric electrical stimulation for gastroparesis (temporary and permanent)
    • Medical and surgical treatment of complex esophageal disorders
    • Biofeedback for pelvic floor disorders
    • Other therapies available under clinical research trials

    Our motility laboratory utilizes innovative technology to diagnose gastrointestinal disorders.
    Procedures offered:

    • High-resolution esophageal impedance and manometry—measures the strength and function of the muscles in the esophagus to evaluate the cause gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. The test is also used to determine the cause of problems with swallowing food, such as food or liquids getting stuck in the chest after swallowing and to evaluate patients with chest pain that may be coming from the esophagus rather than the heart. Finally, the test may be needed to correctly place an acid-sensing probe (pH probe) in the esophagus.
    • Ambulatory esophageal pH and impedance monitoring- used to evaluate for gastroesophageal reflux disease and to determine the effectiveness of medications that prevent acid reflux and as part of a pre-operative evaluation before anti-reflux surgery.
    • Bravo esophageal pH wireless monitoring - determines the effectiveness of medications that prevent acid reflux by measuring the amount of acid refluxing or backing up from the stomach into the esophagus.
    • Hydrogen breath test (lactose, lactulose, glucose, and fructose challenge)- provides information about the digestion of certain sugars or carbohydrates, such as milk sugar (lactose) or fruit sugar (fructose) to determine lactose intolerance, or to detect abnormal growth of bacteria within the small bowel.
    • High resolution anorectal manometry with compliance- measure the strength, sensation and coordination of the rectal and anal sphincter muscles in patients with diarrhea, fecal incontince and constipation.
    • Small bowel manometry (antroduodenal manometry)- provides information regarding the muscle activity of the stomach and small bowel to determine what area of the GI tract is not working properly - the stomach, the small intestine or both.
    • Electrogastrography with provocation- provides information on electrical activity of the stomach, which is commonly abnormal in patients with nausea and vomiting.
    • Gastric neurostimulator analysis- evaluates the function of the gastric electrical stimulator in patients with severe gastroparesis.
    • SmartPill (Wireless whole gut transit/motility capsule)- uses wireless sensor technology to measure pressure, pH and temperature throughout the entire digestive tract. Collects data and sends it to a wireless data receiver, which can be downloaded to a computer providing your physician with information to evaluate your stomach, small bowel and colon.
    • Video capsule endoscopy –examines the lining of the middle part of the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the three portions of the small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, ileum), which cannot be reached by traditional upper endoscopy or by colonoscopy. Useful for detecting polyps, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease), ulcers and tumors of the small intestine.
  • Hepatology Program Including Hepatitis C and Fatty Liver Disease

    As one of the largest hepatology programs in the country, we provide expert consultation and the latest treatments for patients with acute and chronic liver conditions, including fulminant liver failure, cirrhosis and end stage liver disease. Our program has been a pioneer in the field of new treatments for hepatitis C, benefiting thousands of patients. Ongoing federal research in fatty liver disease, drug hepatotoxicity, sclerosing cholangitis and alcoholic liver disease is bringing new hope for improved treatments and better results for our patients. 

  • Liver and Multivisceral Transplant Program

    Patients come from all over the country to receive abdominal organ transplantation at IU Health. As one of the largest transplant programs in the United States, we perform the most small bowel and multivisceral transplant procedures and our reputation for excellence is backed with impressive patient and graft survival. In addition, our patients enjoy exceptional care and very short waiting times (on average less than six months). 

  • ERCP Program

    The ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) Program at IU Health is continually at the forefront of innovation, offering stone extraction, stent placement, lithotripsy, spyglass procedures and photodynamic therapies to patients from across the country and the world. With over 3,000 procedures performed annually, we are a recognized leader, and serve as the referral center for ERCP procedures failed elsewhere. Our commitment to providing quality, personalized care to our patients includes dedicated ongoing federal research of the most advanced endoscopic techniques.

  • EUS Program

    IU Health is one of the highest volume centers in the country for diagnostic and therapeutic EUS (endoscopic ultrasound) procedures, performing over 2500 annually. Our team of physicians is conducting groundbreaking research in utilizing EUS for the treatment of esophageal, pancreatic and rectal cancers. 

  • Double and Single Balloon Enteroscopy Program

    IU Health is home to one of the largest deep enteroscopy programs in the Midwest, offering the most advanced technology for diagnosis and therapeutic intervention. Renowned for our excellent short- and long-term patient results, our specialized care includes a hybrid procedure for patients with altered gastrointestinal anatomy.

  • Barrett’s Treatment Program

    The multidisciplinary team at IU Health offers the most advanced options for diagnosing and treating Barrett's esophagus and high-grade dysplasia. Our physicians have extensive experience in radiofrequency ablation and cryotherapy and provide comprehensive screening, along with progressive endoscopic procedures that result in better patient outcomes. 

  • Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program

    The team of medical professionals at IU Health work together to help you in achieve a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Our trained bariatrician has extensive experience in the medically supervised weight loss program using high protein dietary intervention. She complements our surgeons who head one of the leading bariatric surgery programs in the state.

Gastroenterology Innovation

IU Health Gastroenterology is providing the latest in care, from breakthrough technology to our visionary team.

Research
Our extensive research portfolio in all critical areas in our field provides access to the latest treatment options. We’re conducting extensive laboratory and patient oriented research, including more than 5 million dollars of funding each year from the National Institutes of Health and other sources.

Advanced Diagnostic Procedures
Our team includes one of the world’s top colonoscopy experts and many of the best physicians in digestive diseases. In addition, IU Health Digestive Diseases organized the first screening colonoscopy trial performed in the United States and co-authored ACG screening guidelines.

Pioneering Technologies
IU Health is at the forefront of Robotic Pancreatic Surgery, reducing complications traditionally associated with pancreatic surgery and providing our patients with shorter hospital stays and faster recovery.

We were among the first to utilize mini scopes to investigate diseases of the pancreas and biliary tree, lithotripsy of pancreatic stones, natural orifice transgastric endoluminal surgergy (NOTES), and anti-reflux procedures.

Gastroenterology Team

The physicians at IU Health are recognized locally and nationally as experienced leaders in gastroenterology Our team is dedicated to digestive health, and work together with medical students, residents, fellows, and practicing clinicians from all over the world to bring you the very best of care.


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