Gastrointestinal Health

Published On 01/21/2013

A healthy digestive system processes the foods and liquids that we eat, replenishing vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats that are vital for the body to function properly. 

Gastroenterology is the study of the digestive organs: the stomach, esophagus, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. Gastroenterologists are trained to treat diseases that affect digestion and absorption of nutrients and removal of waste from the system. 

Some common gastrointestinal conditions include 

  • appendicitis
  • gastritis
  • heartburn
  • hepatitis
  • peptic ulcers
  • colitis 
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Some gastroenterology patients need to undergo a more extensive diagnostic evaluation for their condition, which may include laboratory tests, imaging tests or endoscopic procedures. Our patients with cancers of the liver, pancreas, bile ducts or GI tract are treated at Methodist University Hospital with a comprehensive hepatobiliary program.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare provides the full range of diagnostic tests, surgeries and treatments for gastrointestinal disorders in Memphis, Tennessee. Depending on the condition, patients can be treated on an inpatient or outpatient basis.

To find an gastroenterologist in Memphis, Tennessee, please use our physician locator or call 888.777.5959.