The intestinal tract is made up of the small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, and ileum) and large intestine (colon). Intestinal symptoms may range from minor nuisances to a disabling struggle; these symptoms are caused by many different medical conditions. The South Denver GI provider team has the expertise to thoughtfully assess your symptoms and personalize an evaluation and treatment plan for you. An evaluation may include laboratory testing, imaging and upper and/or lower endoscopy to diagnose your condition.
Upon diagnosis, we will develop a comprehensive treatment plan to improve your overall health. You no longer need to suffer from pain, diarrhea, bloating, constipation or bothersome conditions such as fissures, hemorrhoids and anal incontinence. In addition to medication, dietary and lifestyle recommendations, South Denver GI offers advanced diagnostic and treatment procedures, including anorectal manometry to diagnose and treat anorectal dysfunction and hemorrhoidal banding to remove irritating internal hemorrhoids.
An anal fissure is a tear in the tissue that lines the anus caused by too much pressure, tight anal sphincter muscles and poor blood supply to the anus. Treatment options are available to relieve discomfort.
This outpatient procedure is commonly performed for patients who have problems passing stool or who are experiencing constipation or fecal incontinence. It measures the pressure of the anal sphincter muscles, the sensation of the rectum and the neural reflexes required for normal bowel movements.Learn More
In this procedure, endoscopes equipped with balloons that inflate and deflate are used to pinch together the walls of the GI tract. Through the endoscopes, a gastroenterologist will examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach and deep small intestine for GI bleeding or to remove polyps.Learn More
Breath Tests for Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
An imbalance of bacteria in the gut can lead to problems such as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. A breath test is performed to diagnose SIBO, during which you will be asked to drink a sugary solution and breathe periodically into a breathalyzer over the next 3 hours.Learn More
Caused by an immune reaction to eating gluten, symptoms of celiac disease, a chronic condition, include diarrhea, bloating, gas, fatigue and anemia. Celiac disease is hereditary and can develop at any age.
This outpatient procedure, lasting less than an hour, detects abnormal or cancerous polyps (adenomas) in the colon. A flexible scope with a camera is used to examine the inside of the colon and rectum.Learn More
Diverticular Disease/ Diverticulitis
Diverticulitis is the infection or inflammation of pouches that can form in your intestines. The most common symptom is a sharp, cramp-like pain. Men are at greater risk of developing diverticulitis, as well as people over the age of 40, those who eat a low fiber diet and those who are overweight.Learn More
Fecal incontinence, the inability to control bowel movements, is more common in women than men.Learn More
In instances of abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits, chronic diarrhea or other intestinal issues, a flexible sigmoidoscopy may be recommended to examine the rectum and lower colon. It is an outpatient procedure that typically takes 15-30 minutes to complete.Learn More
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins located in the anus and lower rectum. They can form inside of the rectum (internal hemorrhoids) or under the skin surrounding the anus (external hemorrhoids). Hemorrhoids are very common and may cause pain, swelling and severe irritation.Learn More
Hemorrhoidal banding is a minimally invasive treatment that stops blood flow to the hemorrhoids, causing them to eventually fall off. South Denver GI offers patients hemorrhoid banding with the CRH O’Regan System® - a simple treatment that can be performed in just minutes with little to no discomfort.Learn More
Infectious Diseases of the Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract
Gastrointestinal infections are typically caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites or fungi. Symptoms and treatment options for GI infections will vary based on the cause of the infection.Learn More
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
IBS is an intestinal disorder causing pain in the belly, gas, diarrhea and constipation. The cause of IBS is not well understood, and your treatment will depend on the symptoms presented. South Denver GI’s providers have decades of experience providing comprehensive treatment options for IBS to help improve your quality of life.Learn More
When the large intestine is inflamed, leaky diarrhea may occur. This condition is known as microscopic colitis, and it is identified by examining colon tissue under a microscope.Learn More
Short Gut Syndrome (Short Bowel Syndrome)
During digestion, the majority of nutrients are absorbed into the small intestine. Short bowel syndrome occurs when a person does not have a small intestine and is unable to absorb enough nutrients. The condition can be mild, moderate or severe.Learn More
Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy
During a capsule endoscopy, a tiny camera captures images of your digestive tract. A capsule endoscopy camera sits inside a vitamin-size capsule you swallow, and it is used to help gastroenterologists see inside the digestive tract - an area of the body that is traditionally hard to reach.Learn More
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
Small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO) occurs when there are too many bacteria in the small intestine, causing an imbalance. SIBO is often a complication of abdominal surgery but it can also result from some structural defects or diseases.Learn More
Procedures & Prep
Find detailed instructions for your upcoming procedure at South Denver GI, including prep instructions for a colonoscopy or fleets enema. These instructions are available for PDF download. Call 303-788-8888 with any questions about your procedure or prep instructions.Learn More
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