Gastrointestinal Services

Gastrointestinal (GI) Services

Some digestive health conditions may improve on their own. But if symptoms persist or worsen, it may be time to see a doctor for further evaluation. The gastrointestinal (GI) tract contains all the digestive system's major organs responsible for breaking down food into nutrients to nourish the body. However, disorders affecting the digestive system can range from mild to life-threatening. Some symptoms may indicate a digestive health problem, so don't delay care.

When To See a Gastroenterologist?

Our gastroenterologists at Foundation Surgical Hospital of San Antonio specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions affecting the GI tract. Your primary care physician may refer you to a gastroenterologist for proper diagnosis and treatment if you experience:

  • Chronic constipation 
  • Diarrhea that lasts more than four weeks 
  • Frequent heartburn 
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin) 
  • Rectal bleeding 
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Unexplained abdominal pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • And other unusual digestive issues 

What To Expect at a GI Appointment?

Your gastroenterologist will ask you about your medical history. Tell your gastroenterologist about:

  • Any symptoms, pain or discomfort you experience
  • Medical conditions you’ve been diagnosed with
  • Medications you’re taking
  • Family history of digestive diseases
  • Any recent lifestyle changes
  • Any rapid or unexplained weight loss in the past year

Next will be a physical exam that includes:

  • Examining your abdominal area for any lumps or discomfort.
  • Listening for bowel noises in each of your abdominal quadrants.
  • Feeling the rectal cavity for lumps, muscle tone, bulges or inflammation. 

Your gastroenterologist may request imaging tests to rule out other possible conditions. They may also perform an endoscopy to look inside the body and perform procedures if required.

Foundation Surgical Hospital of San Antonio is committed to providing a wide range of GI services through a multidisciplinary team effort. We continually seek new ways to improve our level of excellence in service and technology.