The gastrointestinal (GI) tract functions by breaking down ingested food particles into usable nutrients and absorb them into the body. The GI tract is made up of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine, each of which may be affected by conditions such as constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), colitis, colon polyps and others. Prevention or relief from these conditions can often be achieved by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and good bowel habits. Exercise and healthy eating are the two most important factors that patients can take control of in order to remedy some of these issues.
Symptoms of gastrointestinal problems can include bloating, constipation, diarrhea, changing bowels consistency, vomiting, abdominal pain, belching or GI bleeding. Some common GI disorders include acid reflux, constipation, peptic ulcers, lactose intolerance, gallstones, diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel disease.
At SCV Medical Group we help our patients understand the disease process and take the time to explain a suitable treatment plan in order to resolve the ongoing issues and help prevent further complication in the future.