Gastrointestinal care in Okeechobee, Florida

When you experience abdominal pain or problems with your digestive health, you want great care from expert specialists you can trust.

The experienced gastroenterologists at Raulerson Hospital are trained to detect, diagnose and treat various diseases and conditions affecting the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder, colon and rectum.

Our highly trained GI doctors in Okeechobee will get you to your optimal digestive health.

To learn more about our gastroenterology services, contact our Consult-A-Nurse® team at any time at (863) 763-9228.

Gastroenterology services and treatments

Raulerson Hospital offers you specialized services and comprehensive digestive health treatment. Many of these services, treatments and procedures consist of some form of endoscopy, which do not require surgery.

Endoscopic GI treatments

Endoscopic refers to the use of an instrument called an endoscopea thin, flexible tube with a tiny video camera and light on the end. A gastroenterologist or surgeon uses an endoscope to diagnose and treat various problems of the GI tract.

Colonoscopy

During a colonoscopy, a thin, flexible tube is inserted into the rectum. Your doctor uses an endoscope to internally examine your colon and rectum.

A colonoscopy is the most common method used to screen and help detect early signs of colorectal cancer. The American Cancer Society now recommends adults 45 years old and older to begin regular colon cancer screenings.

Capsule-based pH monitoring

This diagnostic method involves endoscopic placement of a pH probe, which is a small capsule, in the esophagus. You return home for 72 hours and note any symptoms as the capsule wirelessly sends information about your health back to a monitor. This allows your doctor to evaluate any needs for surgery or other procedures.

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

During this procedure, your physician lowers an endoscope through your GI tract and inserts a catheter through the scope. X-rays are taken and your physician is able to view any possible stones, tumors or narrowed bowel ducts or segments.

Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)

This procedure uses a special scope with an ultrasound tip to produce high-quality images, allowing for quick diagnosis, staging of cancers and evaluation of masses, cysts or other health conditions.

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)

This examination uses a lighted scope instrument to view the esophagus, stomach and nearby small intestine to sample tissue, treat GI bleeding, repair ulcers, allow for long-term feeding and stretch narrowed areas of GI tract.

Video capsule endoscopy (VCE)

During this outpatient procedure, you will swallow a vitamin-sized capsule equipped with a miniature video camera, which wirelessly sends images to a monitor, before you return to Raulerson Hospital eight hours later. Physicians use images of the small bowel to identify sources of obscure GI bleeding and diagnose diseases, such as Crohns' disease.

Digestive health conditions we treat

Our team is able to diagnose, treat or provide education and lifestyle change guidance for the following digestive health conditions:

  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn's disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Gallstones
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Diverticulitis

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

We also treat GERD, also known as acid reflux, which occurs when stomach acid and contents back up frequently into the esophagus. This disorder often leads to heartburn. However, if left untreated, acid reflux can lead to ulcers, esophageal cancer or other serious health conditions.

GERD can cause a burning sensation and other symptoms, which include:

  • Regurgitation of fluid or food into the throat or mouth
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing food
  • Chronic sore throat or cough
  • Asthma, wheezing or chronic bronchitis
  • Hoarseness
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Difficulty sleeping while lying flat or after eating
  • Suddenly waking from sleep to find yourself choking, coughing or unable to breathe well