Gastroenterologists in Thornton
North Suburban Medical Center’s gastroenterologists (gastrointestinal doctors) provide a wide range of services in Thornton, Colorado. From colon cancer screenings, to acid reflux treatment, our GI doctors help preserve and restore patients’ digestive health.
Gastrointestinal conditions and symptoms
Our GI doctors in Thornton diagnose and treat a wide range of digestive health issues, including:
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Barrett's esophagus
- Stomach pain
- Colon polyps
- Acid reflux
- Gastrointestinal cancers
- Lactose intolerance
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Inflammatory bowel diseases
- Swallowing difficulty
- Gallbladder disease
Gastrointestinal tests and procedures
North Suburban’s gastroenterologists use diagnostic GI procedures to detect disorders or diseases within the digestive tract. Common tests include:
- Colonoscopy: Uses a scope to view inside of the rectum and colon
- Sigmoidoscopy: Uses a scope to view inside of the colon and sigmoid colon
- Upper GI series: Uses X-ray imaging to view the upper GI tract (Patients may be asked to drink a solution before the test to make the images clearer.)
- Lower GI series: Uses X-ray technology and barium contrast to view the lower GI tract
Colon cancer screening (colonoscopy)
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., but it is one of the most preventable. A colonoscopy, the most commonly performed GI procedure, is used to detect colon cancer and other diseases at the earliest and most treatable stages. However, because of fear of discomfort or embarrassment, many people do not undergo this routine exam.
Advancements in colonoscopies at North Suburban in north Denver make the procedure more comfortable for patients. Using a flexible video endoscope, our expert gastroenterologists find and remove precancerous polyps. Experienced support staff and highly trained physicians work together to ensure the entire experience is as safe, comfortable and as effective as possible.
Colon cancer screening recommendations
Most people should begin undergoing colonoscopies every ten years starting at 50 years old. If you are at high-risk for developing colon cancer, talk to your doctor about more frequent testing.
You may be at higher risk if you:
- Are older than 40 years old with family history of colorectal cancer/polyps
- Are experiencing rectal bleeding
- Have a history of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or GI issues
- Are experiencing changes in bowel habits