Delivering advanced digestive health options
Ascension St. Vincent Gastroenterology
Digestive Health at Ascension St. Vincent involves gastroenterologists and nurses specializing in endoscopic and gastroenterology procedures, including colonoscopy. These specialists treat all types of upper and lower GI conditions including colorectal cancer. If you are over 50 years of age, ask your primary care doctor about having a baseline colonoscopy. This minimally invasive procedure can significantly reduce the risk of developing colon cancer.
Digestive Health specialists address digestion concerns and issues related to pelvic health and treat all types of GI conditions including Crohn’s disease, gluten sensitivities and food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Hepatitis C, and abdominal pain and bloating.
Our philosophy at the Ascension St. Vincent Digestive Health Center is to restore health and hope in patients struggling with digestive disorders. Because these can be both painful and embarrassing, our approach is to treat patients as early and effectively as possible in order to minimize complications and improve your health and well-being.
Our Digestive Health Center in Indianapolis has staff of over 50 medical specialists is among the most highly trained teams of doctors, nurses and technicians in the gastroenterology field today.
Overseen by Dr. Robert Callon, a board-certified gastroenterologist and Chairman of the Digestive Health Center, our specialists and surgeons work together to provide treatment to the patient as a whole person, both physically and emotionally.
Our doctors and registered nurses are specially trained for gastrointestinal, colorectal and pulmonary procedures and staff the endoscopy suite at St. Vincent Carmel Hospital. Our endoscopy suite includes:
- Three procedure rooms
- Private holding and recovery beds where patients can rest after their procedure
Heartburn, acid reflux and GERD
Chronic acid reflux disease is also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If you have heartburn twice a week or more, you may have GERD. Heartburn is the most common symptom, but you may also experience:
- Hoarseness or sore throat
- Frequent swallowing
- Asthma or asthma-like symptoms
- Pain or discomfort in the chest
- Sleep disruption (unable to sleep lying down)
- Excessive clearing of the throat
- Persistent cough
- Burning in the mouth or throat
- Intolerance of certain foods
- Dental erosions or therapy-resistant gum disease or inflammation
Normally, after swallowing, a valve between the esophagus and stomach opens to allow food to pass, then it closes to prevent stomach contents from “refluxing” back into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest. For people who suffer from GERD, the valve is dysfunctional and unable to prevent acid from refluxing into the esophagus.