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The small and large intestines are in the lower part of the digestive tract and are where the major portion of nutrients are absorbed into the body. Some diseases and conditions impacting the intestines can be treated with medications and dietary modifications, but in certain cases, surgery to remove part of the colon is necessary.
WakeMed’s gastroenterologists have the expertise and training to accurately diagnose and treat the full spectrum of intestinal pain and conditions—whether it’s chronic constipation, acute intestinal pain or a condition that requires lifelong management.
Some of the intestinal conditions WakeMed gastroenterologists treat include:
If you have chronic intestinal pain or issues that don’t seem to be getting better, call your doctor. You should also make an appointment with a gastroenterologist if you’re experiencing symptoms including:
Our gastroenterologists start by taking a detailed patient history and a review of symptoms. Tests we may use to diagnose intestinal conditions include:
Treatment varies depending on the specific intestinal condition. Some, like intestinal blockages, require immediate surgical attention. Inflammatory bowel disease and diverticulitis can sometimes be treated with prescription medication, but they may also require surgical intervention. Colon cancer requires an individualized approach to treatment.
Whenever possible, WakeMed offers minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgeries to treat intestinal disorders.
Many intestinal conditions can be impacted both positively and negatively by diet, and we offer our patients nutrition counseling to help them manage their conditions and make smart nutritional choices.
If you or someone you care for has intestinal pain that’s impacting your quality of life, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of WakeMed’s experienced gastroenterologists.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610