Gastrointestinal problems are very common - and even though they aren’t always serious, they are typically highly inconvenient. We understand the difficulty of living with these conditions, and we are here to help you with them. Our board-certified gastroenterology team is equipped to diagnose and treat all diseases of the upper and lower GI tract, and will use conservative treatments and/or surgery to address your specific condition and symptoms. Our GI specialists are trained to deal with problems of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, esophagus, and stomach, as well as treat Hepatitis C patients. To start your care journey with our team, contact us to make an appointment!

Premier Medical Associates, an affiliate of the Allegheny Health Network, is the largest multi-specialty physician practice in the Greater Pittsburgh area. We see patients in our One Monroeville Center office. Outpatient procedures are performed at AHN Forbes Hospital, AHN Surgery Center Monroeville, and UPMC East.

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FAQs on Gastroenterology

What Is Gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine that focuses on the digestive system, also known as the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Gastroenterologists diagnose and treat GI diseases, and also perform several non-surgical procedures, such as endoscopies and biopsies.

What Conditions Does a Gastroenterologist Treat?

  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Cancer (colorectal cancer, stomach, pancreatic and liver cancers)
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Heartburn (gastroesophageal reflux)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Pancreatitis
  • Polyps
  • Ulcers

How Can Gastrointestinal Problems Be Treated?

Although the treatment for GI issues will vary depending on the condition, some common treatments include one or more of the following:

  • Dietary changes
  • Medicine
  • Stress-relief techniques
  • Surgery

When Should I See A Gastroenterologist?

Men and women over the age of 50 should consider meeting with a GI specialist for preventive care, as there is a higher risk of colon cancer among this demographic. If you have a relative with colon cancer, talk to your doctor about getting regular screenings.

Your PCP may refer you to a gastroenterologist if you have:

  • Unexplained blood in your stool
  • Abdominal pain and discomfort
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Recurrent nausea/vomiting
  • Ulcers
  • Unexplained weight loss

What Should I Expect From A Visit With Your Team?

Premier Medical Associates, an affiliate of the Allegheny Health Network, is the largest multi-specialty physician practice in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Our gastroenterology team diagnoses and treats conditions and diseases of the upper and lower GI tract, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, esophagus, and stomach, as well as Hepatitis C patients. Care and results from our specialists will also always be coordinated and communicated with your other doctors as needed.

We see patients in our One Monroeville Center office. Outpatient procedures are performed at AHN Forbes Hospital, AHN Surgery Center Monroeville, and UPMC East.