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SOUTH DENVER GASTROENTEROLOGY, P.C.

Intestinal & Rectal Diseases

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.

Anal Fissures

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.

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Anorectal Manometry

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.

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Balloon Enteroscopy

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.

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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.

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Celiac Disease

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.

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Colonoscopy

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.

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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.

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Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence, the inability to control bowel movements, is more common in women than men.

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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

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.

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Hemorrhoids

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.

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Hemorrhoidal Banding

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.

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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.

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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.

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Microscopic Colitis

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Request Appointment

Click on the Schedule Appointment button to schedule an appointment with your South Denver GI provider online. If you do not wish to use our convenient online scheduling tool, please fill out the form below and our team will contact you shortly.