Digestive diseases care in Grapevine

When you're in digestive distress, you can count on us

When do abdominal pains signal something more serious? When does irregularity warrant a doctor's visit? Digestive distress can put a cramp in your lifestyle. The digestive disease services at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine can help you get back to feeling your best.

Baylor Scott & White – Grapevine provides a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. This includes those related to the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas and gallbladder.

The Grapevine GI physicians on our medical staff and our certified GI nursing staff perform thousands of procedures each year.

GI conditions treated in Grapevine

We diagnose and treat a variety of gastrointestinal disorders here in Grapevine, including:

  • Colon cancer and polyps
  • Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and heartburn
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Ulcer disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Liver disease
  • Gall bladder disease and gallstones
  • Lactose intolerance

GI treatment and services

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine provides a wide array of diagnostic and therapeutic services for treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. A GERD-specific treatment includes an anti-reflux surgeon permanently implanting a simple ring-shaped device that is a series of magnets around the bottom of the esophagus in a laparoscopic procedure. The ring of magnets is designed to stay closed and prevent the weak reflux valve from opening. This prevents acid from the stomach moving up into the esophagus. The ring of magnets will open when the patient is eating to let food in much like a person’s native reflux valve.

Specialized GI services

  • Specialized gastrointestinal procedural area/laboratory
  • Screening colonoscopy examination
  • Polypectomy, utilizing various methods for removal and retrieval
  • GERD related procedures including endoscopy
  • Therapeutic endoscopy including dilation, banding, and ulcer management
  • Foreign body removal capabilities
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Breath hydrogen testing
  • TEE
  • Cardioversions
  • Steroid Injections
  • Liver biopsy
  • Bravo® wireless pH probe
  • Capsule enteroscopy (pill camera)

Specialized GI staff

  • Certified GI nursing staff
  • Highly trained physicians on our medical staff

Colon cancer screening

Early detection can help save your life

Colon cancer screening is the key to early detection and high survival rates. Yet, 50% of people over age 50 don't get screened. As a result, colorectal cancer remains the third most deadliest cancer.

Following the American Cancer Society's screening guidelines for colorectal cancer is important because most cases have no symptoms. Beginning at age 50, both men and women at average risk should undergo one of these five screening options that we offer in Grapevine:

  • Yearly stool blood test or fecal immunochemical test
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years
  • Yearly stool blood test and flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years
  • Double-contrast barium enema every five years
  • Colonoscopy every 10 years

Grapevine Colorectal surgeon Clifford Simmang, MD, discusses annual screening options—including a fecal immunochemical test, stool blood test and colonoscopy—for colon cancer.