Digestive health in Margate, Florida

Although digestive issues are fairly common, persistent symptoms can impact your quality of life. The experienced gastrointestinal (GI) team at Northwest Medical Center specializes in diagnosing and treating digestive disorders so you can get back to living life.

To learn more about the digestive health services we offer, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (954) 601-8094.

Our digestive systems works to ensure we are absorbing nutrients from our food to fuel our bodies. However, sometimes certain foods, bacteria, or diseases can cause digestive issues. If you regularly experience symptoms, such as heartburn, gas, constipation, diarrhea or stomach pain, our GI physicians and staff can help.

Gastrointestinal conditions we treat

Our team of gastroenterologists works together to diagnose and treat a variety of issues, such as:

  • Appendicitis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Pancreatitis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Hernia
  • Gastritis
  • Peptic ulcers

Heartburn and reflux treatment

Everyone experiences heartburn and acid reflux at some point. If you have heartburn or reflux twice a week or more, you may have GERD.

What is GERD?

Normally after swallowing, a valve between the esophagus and the stomach opens to allow food to pass. This valve then closes to prevent stomach contents from “refluxing” back into the esophagus. For people who suffer from GERD, the valve does not function properly and is unable to prevent acid from refluxing into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest.

Heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD, but patients may also experience:

  • Hoarseness or sore throat
  • Frequent swallowing
  • Asthma or asthma-like symptoms
  • Pain or discomfort in the chest
  • Sleep disruption
  • Bloating
  • Excessive clearing of the throat
  • Persistent cough
  • Burning in the mouth or throat
  • Intolerance of certain foods
  • Dental erosion or therapy-resistant gum disease or inflammation

Although GERD is common, persistent chest pain should be evaluated by a doctor as it may be a sign of an underlying cardiovascular issue.

Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) procedure

We now offer TIF, an incisionless surgery for chronic heartburn and reflux. TIF is the most advanced procedure for safely and effectively treating chronic GERD. A completely incisionless procedure, TIF reconstructs the anti-reflux barrier (a small muscle in the esophagus) to provide a solution to the root cause of GERD.

The procedure is for patients who are dissatisfied with current pharmaceutical therapies or are concerned about the long-term effects of daily use of reflux medications. In clinical studies, 93 percent of patients remained free of their heartburn at two years after the TIF procedure.

For a free physician referral for the TIF procedure, call (954) 601-8094.

Colorectal cancer

One of the most common concerns for individuals experiencing digestive issues is the possibility of colorectal cancer, as bowel changes may be an indicator. Our GI doctors and surgeons use early screening and innovative procedures, including colonoscopy, to prevent and diagnose colorectal cancer.