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Gastroenterology

Care, prevention, and peace of mind from experienced GI specialists

Gastroenterology Specialists

Many people suffer from digestive issues caused by illness, injury, long-term habits, or simply overindulging in food or drink. Whatever their cause, digestive problems can have a profound impact on your health and quality of life.

But whether it's time to see a doctor about your frequent heartburn, or you’ve been diagnosed with a serious condition such as Crohn’s disease or pancreatic cancer, Lee Health’s gastroenterology specialists want to help.

We diagnose and treat disorders of the pancreas, liver, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon. Our team works to improve your health through medication, surgical procedures, and education on lifestyle changes.

Common Conditions

Lee Health provides complete services for a wide variety of digestive issues. We invite you to learn more about common conditions, treatments, and how to quickly find the help you need.

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Our Services

  • Treatment for stomach ailments, gastritis, ulcers, and stomach cancer
  • Colonoscopy
  • Minimally invasive GI surgery
  • Endoscopy
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Drug therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Resection
  • Pill cam evaluations
  • Manometry
  • Barium swallow studies
  • pH testing
  • Ablation therapy

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