Gastroenterology

Your Health. Your Hospital

Gastroenterology is an internal medicine subspecialty that deals with the gastrointestinal tract and its disorders. In the United States, gastroenterology is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine (AOBIM). The board-certified gastroenterologists at Marina del Rey Hospital are medical specialists with extensive knowledge and thorough preparation.

We Gladly Accommodate Our Patients’ Needs

We strive to provide low-risk, minimally invasive treatment for each patient suffering from a gastroenterological condition

Gastroenterologists study the physiology and the diseases of the:

  • esophagus
  • stomach
  • small intestines
  • colon and rectum
  • pancreas
  • gallbladder
  • bile ducts
  • liver

Gastroenterology includes the study of the function and diseases associated with motility (material movement through the stomach and intestine), digestion and nutrients absorption, but also waste removal and liver function.

Gastroenterology Conditions Treated at Marina del Rey Hospital

Alongside common conditions such as colon polyps, colon cancer, hepatitis, heartburn (GERD), colitis, pancreatitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), gastroenterologists at our hospital have enough experience and knowledge to deal with the whole spectrum of gastroenterology conditions such as:

  • Achalasia 
  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Alcoholic Liver Disease
  • Collagenous and Lymphocytic Colitis
  • Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction (SOD)
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Viral Hepatitis C
  • Barrett’s Esophagus
  • Bile Duct Cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma)
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
  • Gallstone Disease
  • Gastroparesis
  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma (Liver Cancer)
  • Hereditary Colorectal Cancer
  • Kids Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
  • Liver Transplant Workup
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • Portal Hypertension
  • Sporadic (Nonhereditary) Colorectal Cancer
  • Stomach (Gastric) Cancer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Viral Hepatitis A & E
  • Viral Hepatitis B

Treatments in Gastroenterology

In their quest to fight disease and restore the best possible health state for their patients, gastroenterologists at Marina del Rey Hospital make use of the leading edge medical and surgical treatments the hospital is equipped with.

  • Biliary Stenting
  • Biliary Stone Removal
  • Radiofrequency Ablation of Barrett's
  • Dietary Intervention
  • Percutaneous Gastrostomy
  • Laser Photocoagulation for control of Hemorrhage
  • Pharmacologic Treatment

Gastroenterology Tests & Diagnosis at Marina del Rey Hospital

Gastroenterologists in our medical center will always start with a thorough and accurate medical history overview, with special attention to all symptoms. This health assessment will then be followed by physical examination. Patients who require extensive diagnostic evaluation will undergo testing, which includes laboratory and imaging test, often completed by endoscopic procedures. Gastroenterology tests performed at Marina del Rey Hospital include the following:

  • Anorectal manometry
  • Barium beefsteak meal.
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal transit study
  • Computed tomography scan (CT or CAT scan)
  • Defecography
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Esophageal manometry
  • Esophageal pH monitoring
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
  • Fecal occult blood test
  • Gastric manometry
  • Lower GI (gastrointestinal) series
  • Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Oropharyngeal motility (swallowing) study
  • Radioisotope gastric-emptying scan
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Stool culture
  • Ultrasound
  • Upper GI (gastrointestinal) series

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Through general lectures and events for patients and residents, seminars for therapists, and meetings with doctors and staff. Register for a seminar or join us for a special event at Marina Del Rey Hospital.

Frequently Asked Questions

A polyp is a growth that appears in the lining of the digestive tract, especially in the large intestine.

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Blood stained stools are a serious concern, and require endoscopic examinations of the large intestine to determine the origin of the bleeding.

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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. The screening tests for colorectal cancer include, testing for blood in the stools, barium enema, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy.

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

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an intestinal disorder that has symptoms such as stomach cramps, bloating sensation, and change in bowel habits.

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