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Digestive Diseases

Food can be one of life’s great pleasures. But when gastrointestinal symptoms interfere with enjoying mealtime, it makes a big impact on your quality of life. At Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie, we diagnose and treat a range of digestive conditions that cause symptoms such as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Blood in the stool

Conditions We Treat

Our gastroenterologist and general surgeons on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie can treat and manage conditions including:

  • Celiac disease
  • Colon cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Irritable bowel disease (IBD)
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Ulcerative colitis

For a referral to a physician on the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie medical staff, call 1.844.BSW.DOCS (1.844.279.3627) or click here.

Our Caring Team

At Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie, you get the warm atmosphere that comes with a smaller community hospital combined with the expert care you expect from Baylor Scott & White Health. We offer the security and comfort of having your procedures performed in a hospital environment, with the service mindset of a surgery center. Our GI Lab patient satisfaction scores are very high. In a database of more than 1,500 hospitals and surgery centers, we rank in the 99th percentile for overall rating of care.

Colon Cancer Screening 

Early Detection Can Help Save Your Life

This essential test can detect colon cancer at its earliest—most treatable stages.

According to the National Cancer Institute, colorectal cancer—which includes cancers of the colon and rectum—is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. However, it’s also one of the most preventable forms of cancer, especially if it’s diagnosed early when it can be treated effectively.

Almost all cases of colorectal cancer begin as benign, or non-cancerous, polyps. Colorectal polyps can be detected in a rectal exam or a test such as a colonoscopy. During a colonoscopy, physicians look for anything that might signal early signs of cancer, such as inflammation, bleeding, ulcers, changes in color and polyps. Colon cancer usually starts with benign polyps that can become cancerous if they’re not removed. Although most polyps are non-cancerous, physicians can often remove them during the colonoscopy and biopsy them.

Take care of recommended colon cancer screenings close to home at Baylor Scott & White – Waxahachie. With a board-certified anesthesiologist on staff, we provide deep sedation for all our colonoscopy patients to reduce stress and discomfort.

People without a family history should get their first colonoscopy at age 50. If no cancer or polyps are found, this screening test should be repeated every 10 years. People with a personal or family history of cancer or polyps should follow their doctor’s recommendations for screening frequency.

Beat the Burn 

GERD Treatment Options at Baylor Scott & White – Waxahachie

Chronic heartburn may be caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, a condition in which stomach contents leak backward into the esophagus. It is generally treated by lifestyle changes and medication. Surgery is an option if other treatments don’t control your symptoms.

Diet & Lifestyle Changes

You may be able to prevent heartburn by avoiding the foods and beverages that seem to trigger your symptoms. For some people, these include carbonated beverages, chocolate, citrus, tomatoes and spicy or fatty foods.

Symptom Relief through Medication

You can try over-the-counter antacids, although they may not control your symptoms for very long. Other over-the-counter and prescription drugs also can treat GERD.

When to Consider Surgery

If changing your lifestyle and taking medication doesn’t work, anti-reflux surgery may be an option for you to consider. Heartburn, regurgitation and other symptoms typically get much better after surgery, but you may still need medication to control heartburn.

You Don’t Have to Suffer

Get relief from the pain of GERD. For a physician referral, call 1.844.BSWDOCS.

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