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Gastroenterology

Whatever digestive health problems you may be having, the gastroenterologists at T.J. Regional Health have you covered. There's no need to travel out of the area for expert gastroenterology services.

Conditions we treat

Located at the T.J. Health Pavilion, the Gastrointestinal (GI) Clinic treats a wide variety of digestive health problems. Some of the common conditions our gastroenterologists treat include:

  • Acid reflux, heartburn and GERD
  • Dyspepsia/indigestion
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Abdominal pain syndrome
  • Biliary tract disorders, gallbladder disorders and gallstone pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Constipation and defecation problems
  • Acute and chronic diarrhea
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Crohn's disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Colon polyps
  • Hepatitis

Endoscopy

When you come to us for an endoscopic procedure, you can expect to be treated with the same excellent, compassionate care you've come to expect from the rest of your T.J. Regional Health experience.

Our board-certified general surgeons and gastroenterologists perform all endoscopies at the T.J. Samson Community Hospital. Most endoscopic procedures are outpatient, which means you can usually go home the same day with no hospitalization.

Endoscopies can help diagnose and treat a variety of GI disorders. The most common endoscopic procedures we perform include:

  • Upper endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Esophageal banding of varices and sclerotherapy
  • Photo- and thermal coagulation of bleeding ulcers
  • Placement of feeding tubes
  • Removal of foreign bodies
  • Esophageal dilation for people with difficulty swallowing
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and endoscopic extraction of gallstones
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • 24-hour pH probe
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Paracentesis (draining fluid off the abdomen)

Hepatitis C Clinic

T.J. Regional Health has established a Hepatitis C Clinic to help treat those who have the infectious disease.

Hepatitis C is a viral infection spread through contact with an infected person’s blood that leads to inflammation of the liver. Symptoms of Hepatitis C can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Fluid in the abdomen
  • Dark urine
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Bleeding

Recent studies show that nearly 2.4 million Americans – 1 percent of the adult population – were living with Hepatitis C, according to CDC estimates. Half of people with Hepatitis C may not know they’re infected. Hepatitis C is preventable and curable; however, it kills more Americans than any other infectious disease.

Federal analysis shows that of the 220 counties across the U.S. that are most vulnerable to an outbreak of Hepatitis C, 54 of those are in Kentucky.

At T.J. Health’s Hepatitis C Clinic, our providers will determine the type of Hepatitis C present and whether any liver damage has occurred then establish the best course of treatment while working in conjunction with the patient’s primary care provider. New treatments do cure the virus in 97% of patients and will help prevent death and disability. Studies show that Hepatitis C is present in 2% of women and 3% of men who live in Kentucky. More information regarding Hepatitis C can be found at www.hepatitisdoctor.com

For more information or to schedule an appointment with T.J. Health’s Hepatitis C Clinic please call 270.659.3398.