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Gastroenterology

Your Health. Your Hospital

Gastroenterology is a subspecialty of internal medicine that concerns the gastrointestinal tract, namely organs such as the stomach, the liver, the pancreas and the intestines. Our gastroenterologists have extensive knowledge of the conditions and diseases that can affect this part of the body, as well as vast experience in diagnosing and treating these health problems. For a correct and accurate diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan, come to Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, where our experts will thoroughly assess the health of your gastrointestinal tract.

We Gladly Accommodate Our Patients’ Needs

Our gastroenterologists strive to provide minimally invasive treatment for every patient who struggles with a gastrointestinal condition or disease. Because we place great emphasis on the comfort of our patients, we always make sure to create a relaxing and compassionate environment so that you can easily open up about your symptoms and suffering. This will allow our gastroenterologists to thoroughly evaluate your health and subsequently order the necessary tests and exams for your specific health issue.

When you have a diagnosis, they will prescribe you the most effective, as well as the safest, treatment, which usually involves medication. However, surgery may be necessary for people with malignant diseases that affect their gastrointestinal tract. At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, we perform minimally invasive surgery whenever possible to ensure a speedy recovery and a low risk of postoperative complications for the patient.

Multiple Tests for Accurate Diagnoses

After a complete medical history overview, our gastroenterologists will conduct a physical exam, which will be followed by one or multiple tests whose purpose is to assign you a correct and precise diagnosis. The exams our gastroenterology patients typically undergo at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital consist in laboratory and imaging tests, as well as endoscopic procedures. Some of the most common and effective tests and exams in diagnosing gastroenterological conditions and diseases we employ are:

  • anorectal manometry
  • barium beefsteak meal
  • capsule endoscopy
  • colonoscopy
  • colorectal transit study
  • computed tomography scan
  • defecography
  • endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
  • esophageal manometry
  • esophageal pH monitoring
  • esophagogastroduodenoscopy
  • fecal occult blood test
  • gastric manometry
  • lower gastrointestinal series
  • magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • oropharyngeal motility study
  • radioisotope gastric-emptying scan
  • sigmoidoscopy
  • stool culture
  • ultrasound
  • upper gastrointestinal series

If you experience distressing symptoms concerning the gastrointestinal tract, such as vomiting and nausea, we encourage you to visit the medical experts of Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for a correct diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan. Because we are aware that every patient is different, our specialists will design a treatment plan that will cater to your specific needs so that you can enjoy a life free of bothersome symptoms once again.

Our Gastroenterologists Specialize in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Numerous Conditions

The gastroenterologists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital have the expertise to diagnose and treat the entire spectrum of diseases and conditions involving the gastrointestinal tract. While we will efficiently treat common gastroenterological conditions such as colon polyps, hepatitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, colitis, pancreatitis and irritable bowel syndrome, we can also prescribe effective treatment for the following diagnoses:

  • achalasia 
  • alcoholic liver disease
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • bile duct cancer
  • colorectal cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • esophageal cancer
  • gallstone disease
  • gastroparesis
  • liver cancer
  • peptic ulcer disease
  • stomach cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

Polyps are caused by abnormal cell growth and can have different sizes and structures. Usually, these are benign and do not cause symptoms.

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All individuals above 50 years of age belonging to all races are at a greater risk for colorectal cancer and should undergo screening.

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Irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic disorder of the large intestine or colon with an unknown precise cause and symptoms that may vary from patient to patient.

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Heartburn occurs as a burning sensation felt just behind the breastbone. In most cases, heartburn resolves without causing serious concern, but it may be an indicator of more serious problems that can follow.

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In rare cases endoscopic procedures can cause perforation of the gastrointestinal tract or bleeding.

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