Gastroenterology CenterWe understand that living with any type of digestive disorder can affect your daily life. Our comprehensive gastroenterology program combines leading-edge technology with an expert team of physicians and nurses trained to diagnose, treat and prevent a full range of gastrointestinal ailments.
Conveniently located in the heart of Baton Rouge’s medical corridor, Baton Rouge GI Center accommodates clinic appointments, labs, EKGs, surgery prep and outpatient surgery – all under one roof. Should you need an inpatient procedure, Baton Rouge Medical Center is close by.
New patients welcome!
Our comprehensive GI program combines leading-edge technology with an expert team of physicians and nurses trained to diagnose, treat and prevent a full range of gastrointestinal conditions.
- Acid Reflux/GERD
- Celiac disease
- Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
- Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Liver Disease
- Abdominal pain
- Constipation and Diarrhea
- Swallowing disorders
- Peptic Ulcer Disease
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (or EGD)
- Endoscopic retrograde pancreatography (ERCP)
- Capsule endoscopy
- BRAVO pH probe
- Polyp removal
- Esophageal manometry
- Ablation of vascular GI lesions
- Placement of gastric feeding tubes (PEG Tube Placement)
- Get a yearly physical with your primary care physician (PCP).
Frequently, people do not have symptoms in the early stage of colon cancer. This is why screening is so vital. Talk to your doctor about which type of screening might be best for you.
- Schedule an appointment, especially if you have any colon cancer symptoms.
In the later stages of cancer, people may experience thin or bloody stools, cramping, or unexplained weight loss.
- If you are 50 or older, schedule a colon cancer screening.
1 in 4 people over 50 have polyps, precursors to colon cancer. Those with an increased risk may be advised by their PCP for screening before the age of 50*.
African Americans and Native Americans should begin screening at age 45.
- Eat a balanced diet.
To help defend against colon cancer, eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables and fiber. Try to avoid elevated amounts of fat and cholesterol (particularly animal sources), which have been linked to a greater colon cancer risk.
- Maintain a healthy weight & active lifestyle.
Extra fat in the abdomen midsection increases the risk of colon cancer. Exercise can decrease your risk by as much as 20-30%.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
Alcohol can interfere with intestinal absorption of folic acid.
- Don’t smoke.
Inhaled or swallowed tobacco transports carcinogens to the colon. Smoking increases the risk for colon cancer.
- Know your family medical history.
A family history of polyps, colon, stomach, liver or bone cancer can greatly impact your chances of developing colon cancer. If your risk is high, consider genetic counseling.