Gastroenterology

Innovative approaches to digestive system disorders

Our physicians are recognized leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal or digestive system disorders that affect the:
  • Bowels
  • Colon
  • Esophagus
  • Gallbladder
  • Intestines
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Rectum
  • Stomach
  • Related organs and systems
Patients and referring physicians from across the country seek the expertise of our specialists.

Identifying and treating disorders that disrupt digestion

Our physicians treat disorders including:
  • Achalasia (Difficulty swallowing)
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • GI cancers
  • Heartburn
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Liver diseases
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic ulcer disease

Advanced diagnostic procedures

We are one of only two facilities in the Kansas City area to offer endoscopic ultrasound. This outpatient diagnostic procedure provides detailed images of the GI tract and surrounding organs, allowing doctors to make an accurate diagnosis.

We also use the endolumenal functional lumen imaging probe (Flip®) advanced imaging system to capture specialized measurements of the pressure and function of the esophagus. EndoFLIP works in the lower esophageal sphincter to assess how well it is opening and closing. Following upper endoscopy, while the patient is still sedated, doctors introduce a tiny catheter and balloon to capture the measurements. This precise data helps distinguish between similar diseases.

The EndoFLIP can be used as an alternative or complement to high-resolution manometry (HRM) to evaluate for trouble swallowing. It can also be used to evaluate patients for:
  • Achalasia
  • Esophageal dysphagia
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Physicians may also use EndoFLIP during POEM or anti-reflux surgery.

Industry-leading treatment techniques

We are the only facility in the Midwest to offer the innovative peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) procedure, a minimally invasive and endoscopic option to treat Achalasia.

We also use radio frequency ablation to remove precancerous cells from the esophagus. The approach uses a heated probe to target and destroy abnormal tissue before cancer can develop. Treatment is personalized by patient, but may involve repeated visits every 4 to 6 weeks until the cells are eliminated.

Prepare for your appointment

If you have questions on preparing for your procedure, call Endoscopy Scheduling at 913-588-3945, option 3.

US News and World Report Gastroenterology and GI Surgery 2018-19

To reach Gastroenterology, call 913-588-6019.

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Our gastroenterology and GI surgery program ranks No. 42 among the nation's top 50 in U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals 2018-19. Rankings are based on measurable achievements in quality, patient safety, nursing excellence and other best patient care indicators. This is our eighth consecutive year to achieve the honor.