Gastroenterology is a medical specialty that deals with diseases of the digestive tract: the stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, colon, and rectum. Gastroenterologists treat conditions such as ulcers, colitis, Crohn’s disease, acid reflux (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome, and other digestive health issues.
Award Winning Digestive Health Care Close to Home
When you need gastrointestinal care, you don’t have to go far to find the best. North Kansas City Hospital was rated one of the top gastrointestinal (GI) labs in the Kansas City region and the state by U.S. News & World Report in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Here’s why:
- Our GI lab is the busiest in the Northland, performing 40-60 procedures per day—each delivered with personalized care.
- Our skilled, board-certified gastrointestinal and colorectal surgeons offer minimally invasive approaches for many procedures.
- Our nurses have over 175 years of combined experience in GI care. Five of our nurses are certified in gastroenterology. Many of our dedicated staff have been at the hospital for over 20 years.
Gastrointestinal Procedures We Perform
- EGD (upper endoscopy)
- Colorectal surgery
- Gastrointestinal surgery
- HALO ablation therapy for Barrett’s esophagus
- Upper and lower endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
- Esophageal manometry and anal manometry (measuring pressures within the esophagus and rectum)
- pH studies (measuring acid in the esophagus)
- Capsule studies
- Single balloon enteroscopy
- Endoscopic mucosal resection
Preventive Care for Colorectal Cancer
The best weapon against colon and rectal cancer is knowledge and early detection. That’s why we recommend the following colorectal screening schedule:
- Initial screening at age 50; age 40 for African Americans
- For people with a family history of colon cancer, screenings should start 10 years prior to the affected family member’s age at diagnosis. For example, if your mother was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 45, then you should have your first screening at age 35.
- Follow-up screening recommendations depend on findings at the time of initial colonoscopy and may range from 6 months to 10 years. Follow your doctor’s recommendation.
Learn more about colonoscopy at our online Health Encyclopedia. Call us to schedule a colonoscopy.
Preparing for Your Procedure
Get information on what to expect and how to prepare for your gastrointestinal procedure to make sure your visit goes as smoothly as possible.
For more information on gastrointestinal services at North Kansas City Hospital, call 816-691-2099 Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Park in Health Services Pavilion parking garage, enter the building and take elevators to the 7th Floor.