What is Gastroenterology?

What is Gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is a medical field that focuses on the health of the digestive system, including the stomach, intestines, and related organs.

While we may not have a specialized gastroenterologist at our hospital, we do provide essential screenings and primary care for common digestive issues. Our goal is to address your digestive concerns and promote your overall well-being.

When Should I Visit a Gastroenterologist?

If you’re experiencing persistent digestive discomfort or noticing changes in your digestion, it might be a good time to consider consulting with a provider.

While we don’t have a dedicated gastroenterologist, our skilled medical team can still assist you in these situations:

  • Digestive Discomfort: If you frequently experience issues like stomach pain, bloating, or indigestion, our experts can help identify the possible causes and recommend appropriate steps.
  • Changes in Bowel Habits: Any sudden or ongoing changes in your bowel movements, such as constipation, diarrhea, or blood in your stool, should be addressed by a medical professional.
  • Heartburn or Reflux: If you’re dealing with chronic heartburn or acid reflux, our primary care team can provide guidance on managing these symptoms and suggest when a specialist might be needed.
  • Screening and Prevention: Even without a dedicated gastroenterologist, we offer screenings for common gastrointestinal conditions, including colon cancer. Regular screenings are important for early detection and prevention.
  • Nutrition and Diet: Our medical professionals can provide advice on maintaining a healthy diet for optimal digestive health and offer guidance on managing conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

What Conditions do Gastroenterologists Diagnose and Treat?

Our expert team is here to help you with a range of common gastrointestinal (GI) issues.

Here are some of the conditions we can assist you with:

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): Experience heartburn or acid reflux? We provide guidance and relief for GERD symptoms.
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Dealing with abdominal pain, bloating, or changes in bowel habits? Our team can help manage IBS discomfort.
  • Peptic Ulcers: If you have stomach pain or discomfort, you might have peptic ulcers. We can diagnose and treat these issues effectively.
  • Food Intolerances: Whether it’s lactose or gluten, our screenings and advice can help you manage food intolerances.
  • Digestive Screenings: Routine digestive health screenings are crucial. We offer these to catch issues early and keep you feeling your best.
  • Basic Gastrointestinal Care: From constipation to diarrhea, we’re here to provide primary care for a variety of GI problems.

Should your condition require specialized attention, we have a network of trusted specialists to whom we can refer you.

Our Gastroenterology Providers

Lance R. Bryce, MD

Lance R. Bryce, MD

General Surgery

    Lance Hansen, MD

    Lance Hansen, MD

    Family Medicine

      Stephanie Hendricks, PA

      Stephanie Hendricks, PA

      Family Medicine

        Avery Jeffers, MD

        Avery Jeffers, MD

        Internal Medicine

          Stuart Knapp, MD

          Stuart Knapp, MD

          Family Medicine

            Dr. Morrison Portrait

            Chelsie Morrison, DO

            Family Medicine

              Amy Pabawena, FNP

              Amy Pabawena, FNP

              Family Medicine

                Daniel Patten, MD

                Daniel Patten, MD

                Family Medicine

                  Joel T. Webb, PA-C

                  Joel T. Webb, PA-C

                  Family Medicine

                    Chantee Wyatt, PA-C

                    Chantee Wyatt, PA-C

                    Family Medicine

                      Our Gastroenterology Location

                      Franklin County Medical Clinic
                      64 N 1st E, Preston, ID 83263
                      Clinic Hours:
                      Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
                      Saturday 9:00 am-1:00 pm
                      Walk-In Care:
                      Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
                      Saturday 9:00 am- 1:00 pm
                      (208)-852-2900

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