Gastroenterology

At Indiana University Health White Memorial Hospital, our digestive specialists are leaders in the most advanced screening techniques, diagnostic procedures and medical and surgical treatments for gastrointestinal (GI) conditions. We specialize in diagnosing and treating patients with conditions affecting the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine.

We provide education, prevention and treatment options to help control your symptoms and manage your condition. Diagnosis and treatment is offered for Barrett’s esophagus, colon cancer, constipation, esophagitis, esophageal cancer, gastrointestinal bleeding, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other gastrointestinal conditions. 

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. In addition to the latest endoscopic methods, Indiana University Health advancements include mini scopes to investigate diseases of the pancreas and biliary tree and natural orifice transgastric endoluminal surgery (NOTES).

Upper Endoscopy

At IU Health White Memorial Hospital, we provide upper endoscopy or EGD procedures to diagnose the cause of symptoms, such as:

  • Bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Swallowing problems
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss

An EGD uses a small tube with a flexible camera to allow your physician to see the lining of your esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine. Biopsies (where a sample of tissue is removed from the body for examination) can also be performed during an EGD so that physicians can study abnormal cells under a microscope.

Esophageal Dilation

A narrowing of the esophagus can cause swallowing problems. Scar tissue that forms from acid reflux or GERD can make it feel like food is stuck in the throat. Narrowing of the esophagus can also occur with Barrett’s esophagus, esophagitis, esophageal cancer or scarring after radiation treatment.

Our specialists can stretch the esophagus to widen the opening and relieve symptoms. This procedure is often performed using endoscopy (a procedure where a long, flexible tube with a light and camera is inserted into the esophagus).

Colonoscopy

Preventive screenings are important in the diagnosis and prevention of colorectal cancers. At IU Health White Memorial Hospital, we are highly skilled in preforming colonoscopies.

This procedure uses a long, flexible tube equipped with a fiber optic camera to view the entire length of the large intestine. Our specialists use a colonoscopy to check for precancerous or cancerous cells, inflammation, polyps, ulcers and bleeding. We also use colonoscopies to identify the cause of symptoms including anemia (low iron) and blood in the stool.

A colonoscopy allows a gastroenterologist to take small tissue samples for further study under a microscope (biopsy) or to remove a polyp.