Experts in digestive disease diagnosis and treatment

According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 60 to 70 million people in the United States suffer from some form of digestive disease. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a nationally recognized leader in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the digestive tract. We provide innovative treatment options and superior outcomes.

We have a well-rounded team of experienced clinicians and surgeons who are experts in the treatment of digestive diseases. As central Ohio's only academic medical center, Ohio State stands at the forefront of innovative research and medicine, bringing our patients advanced options for their healthcare needs.

What are digestive diseases? 

Digestive diseases involve issues related to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and the organs related to digestion—esophagus, liver, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), and biliary tract. There are a wide variety of symptoms that could indicate a digestive disease, but some of the most common are:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood in the stool
  • Severe indigestion (heartburn)
  • Nausea/vomitting
  • Changes in bowel habits

Why choose Ohio State for digestive care

  • Our medical center is the highest rated hospital in central Ohio in the "America's Best Hospitals" list by U.S.News & World Report. Among the list are our digestive diseases experts who regularly rank as "High Performers."
  • Our Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery is nationally recognized for its innovative treatment options for digestive disorders including gastroesophageal reflux disease, gall bladder disease, and solid organ diseases and disorders.
  • In collaboration with the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, we offer comprehensive treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the colon, rectum, pancreas, esophagus and stomach.
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and University Hospital East has been recognized by The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) for demonstrating a commitment to delivering quality and safety in endoscopy as evidenced by meeting the program’s criteria on privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing, CDC infection control guidelines and ensuring endoscopy staff competency. ASGE is the profession’s leader in setting standards of excellence in endoscopy through its safety guidelines and the training of its members to ensure patients receive the best and safest care possible.

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BiliaryDisorders Biliary Disorders

Biliary Disorders

Variety of conditions affecting bile ducts or gallbladder

Gallstones Gallstones

Gallstones

Hard particles that develop in gallbladder

Pancreatitis Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis

Inflammation of pancreas that can be acute or chronic

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Fecal Incontinence

People suffering from fecal incontinence may be unable to hold a bowel movement before reaching a toilet and/or may pass stool into their underwear. Although fecal incontinence is quite common, it can be upsetting and embarrassing. However, you should discuss any fetal incontinence issues with your doctor as it is often caused by a medical problem and is treatable.

Hepatobiliary Disease

The hepatobiliary system involves the liver as well as the gallbladder, bile ducts and/or bile. Causes of hepatobiliary disease may include viral, bacterial and parasitic infections; alcohol consumption, poor nutrition, metabolic disorders and cardiac failure, resulting in hepatitis, cirrhosis, bile duct stones, liver tumors, cholangioarcinoma, hepaticadenoma and other conditions.

Neuroendocrine Disorders

Since the neuroendocrine system involves both nervous stimulation and endocrine secretion, its dysfunction is the underlying cause of many gastrointestinal disorders.  Neuroendocrine malfunctions may range from an excess of peptides found in gut tumors to deficiencies resulting in achalasia and Hirschsprung's disease (congenital blockage of the large intestine).  Other neuroendocrine-related conditions may be the underlying cause of irritable bowel syndrome, pseudo obstructions, chronic constipation, Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction and others.

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