Conditions and Treatments

Gastrointestinal disorders can be disruptive, painful and even embarrassing. At Henry Ford Health System, you’ll find experts and specialists who understand what you are going through. We are experienced in helping people take control of their gastrointestinal disorders for a better quality of life.

Henry Ford: Gastrointestinal conditions we treat

Henry Ford gastroenterologists and their teams have years of expertise in several medical specialties. We have helped thousands of patients find relief from gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, including:

  • Diverticulosis: Pouches that form in the lining of the colon (large intestine).
  • Enteritis: Inflamed lining of the small intestine.
  • Gallstones: Hardened deposits of cholesterol and other substances that block bile ducts, which can cause gallbladder and liver disease. Learn more about our treatment for gallstones and gallbladder disease.
  • Gastritis: Inflamed stomach lining.
  • Gastroparesis: Disorder that slows or stops the process of stomach emptying to the small intestine.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome: A group of symptoms including abdominal cramping or pain, diarrhea, constipation and changes in bowel patterns.
  • Peptic ulcer disease: Painful sores in the stomach lining and upper small intestine.

Medication management for gastrointestinal disorders

Depending on your individual case, we may recommend prescription or over-the-counter drugs to treat many gastrointestinal disorders.

If you’re a patient at Henry Ford, you may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial. These research studies provide access to the latest treatments in research, before they are widely available.

Minimally invasive treatment options at Henry Ford

We offer minimally invasive treatments for many GI disorders that can help you avoid surgery. Our team has extensive training and skills in using the following endoscopic procedures:

  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP): Our GI specialists use an endoscope (thin, flexible tube) and X-rays to diagnose and treat problems in the pancreas, pancreatic duct and bile duct, which carries bile from the liver and gallbladder to the small intestine.
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS): This procedure uses sound waves produced by an ultrasound device on the tip of an endoscope to obtain detailed images of your digestive system and surrounding organs.

Lifestyle changes for gastrointestinal disorders

For many GI disorders, you can manage your symptoms through improved lifestyle habits. As part of your treatment, we talk with you about your eating habits. Together, we develop a healthy eating plan that may help reduce your symptoms.

We can discuss any factors in your life that may be causing stress. Because stress can play a role in gastrointestinal disorders, we can refer you to several counseling resources to help you minimize any stress.

Surgery for gastrointestinal disorders

Once we confirm a diagnosis of a particular GI condition, surgery may be your best treatment option. Our team works closely with Henry Ford’s Colon and Rectal Surgery team and the experts in General Surgery. For you, that means volumes of support if you need surgery to treat:

  • Cancer
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Chronic diverticulitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Gallbladder disease
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