Gastroenterology

We offer education, prevention and treatment options tailored to your individual needs to control your symptoms and manage your disease. Diagnosis and treatment is offered for liver disease, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, constipation, pancreatitis, liver injury, small bowel tumors, Barrett’s esophagus, gastrointestinal bleeding and all other gastrointestinal concerns. 

Diagnostic and treatment options include dilations, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), small bowel capsule endoscopy, esophageal manometry and more. In addition to the latest endoscopic methods, IU Health advancements include minimally invasive robotic pancreatic surgery, mini scopes to investigate diseases of the pancreas and biliary tree and natural orifice transgastric endoluminal surgery (NOTES).

Through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, we conduct extensive research, enabling us to bring new technologies and treatment plans directly to our patients.

Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital is here to help you get to the bottom of your digestive concerns. Our patient-centered approach includes education, prevention and treatment to control your symptoms and manage your disease. We deliver comprehensive and compassionate care, walking you through your procedure before treatment so you know what to expect, and continuing with follow-up care to ensure the best possible long-term outcome. IU Health Methodist offers a variety of treatment options for gastrointestinal and liver diseases including the following: colonoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), dilations, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), small bowel capsule endoscopy and esophageal manometry.

Indiana University Health offers the latest screening techniques, diagnostic procedures and medical and surgical treatments for gastrointestinal (GI) and liver diseases. We specialize in diagnosing and treating patients with diseases and disorders affecting the digestive tract, including the liver, pancreas and gallbladder. 

Colonoscopy

Your physician may recommend a colonoscopy either as a routine screening to check for precancerous or cancerous cells. The procedure is also used as a diagnostic tool if you are experiencing symptoms such as anemia (low iron) or if you test positive for blood in the stool. 

If you are over the age of 50, have a close relative (parent or sibling) with a history of colon polyps or cancer, or have had colon polyps removed in the past, you are a good candidate for a screening colonoscopy. A diagnostic colonoscopy is performed to confirm and remove polyps, look for possible inflammation, investigate specific symptoms or look for abnormalities that may have been found on an X-ray.

Colonoscopy involves examination of the large intestine with a long, flexible instrument with an attached fiber optic camera, giving the physician a direct look at the lining of your colon. While performing the colonoscopy, your physician can obtain biopsies of tissue or remove a polyp(s) if this is found during your procedure.

If your physician recommends a colonoscopy, you will get a patient instruction sheet describing your colon prep, which needs to be completed the day before your colonoscopy. It is very important that you follow these directions closely. You will receive intravenous sedation for the procedure, so you will need to have someone come with you to drive you home.

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)

An EGD, or upper endoscopy, is recommended for patients experiencing symptoms such as indigestion, heartburn, nausea or vomiting. It is also used to identify causes of weight loss, difficulty swallowing and possible bleeding in the digestive track.

An EGD allows the physician to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach and the first part of your small intestine using a thin, flexible tube with a fiber optic camera attached. A biopsy (tissue sample) may also be obtained to help diagnose and treat your symptoms.

If your physician recommends an EGD, you will need to stop eating or drinking six hours before the examination. During the test, you will be given an intravenous sedative, so it is important that you have someone come with you to drive you home.

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

Your physician may recommend an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) to examine the ducts that drain the liver and pancreas. During the procedure, a thin, flexible tube with a fiber optic camera attached is used to view the ducts, which open into the first part of the small intestine. A contrast dye may be injected into the ducts of the liver or pancreas, in order to obtain a better view.

If your physician recommends ERCP, the risks, benefits and precautions for this specialized procedure will be discussed. You will need to stop eating or drinking six hours before the examination. During the test, you will be given an intravenous sedative, so it is important that you have someone come with you to drive you home.

Additional Contact Information

For Patients
317.962.6300

We are located at:
1801 N. Senate Blvd. 700
Indianapolis, IN 46202

For Physicians
Any physician, healthcare professional or healthcare agency may refer a patient to IU Health Methodist Hospital gastroenterology services.
317.962.6300
Fax: 317.962.2346
Email: info@mmggi.com