Gastrointestinal health, which involves the structure, functions, and pathology of the stomach, intestines, esophagus, colon, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas, is critical to living an active and full life.
The doctors at Alpharetta and Cumming Internal Medicine offer a well-rounded approach in the care of patients. The goal is to promote health through disease prevention, early detection, and high-quality treatment in a compassionate and supportive environment. Physicians listen carefully to concerns and provide advice and counseling based on the latest medical findings on gastrointestinal health.
Prevention is the best way to promote good health, and early detection saves lives. Many disorders of the digestive tract such as cancers of the colon, rectum, and esophagus are preventable and may be curable if diagnosed early. For example, removing colon polyps by colonoscopy reduces the risk of colon cancer; treatment of acid reflux (GERD) and proper evaluation by an upper endoscopy can decrease the risk of esophageal cancer. Eradicating bacteria called H. pylori can reduce the risk of gastric cancer. The yearly physical exam and follow-up conference can truly be a lifesaver.
Colon health screening begins for most at age 50. Our providers prescribe the Cologuard™ to patients who are not able to tolerate the traditional colonoscopy. If colonoscopy or endoscopy is indicated, we provide references to gastroenterologists with state-of-the art knowledge and technology. These specialists share results of screenings with your internist, so follow- up and treatment can be monitored by the primary care physician.
Heartburn, abdominal pain, gas & bloating, constipation, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, can be symptoms with several root causes. The role of the internist is to examine the patient and analyze test results then suggest an individualized treatment protocol which will promote better health and return him/her to living a normal, healthy life.