Gastroenterologists in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center's gastroenterologists specialize in diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal (GI) conditions. We offer a variety of solutions, including minimally invasive surgery, to help relieve your symptoms and restore your quality of life.
For more information about our gastroenterology services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (850) 864-0213.
We use imaging procedures to pinpoint the source of any abnormalities in your digestive tract. Before you undergo a gastrointestinal imaging procedure, you will need to follow specific bowel prep instructions.
Following these instructions helps ensure your doctor can clearly visualize your digestive tract. Not following the instructions could require us to reschedule your procedure.
Digestive health tests and treatments
The gastroenterologists at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center offer comprehensive digestive health treatments and services.
We treat common and complex conditions of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver.
Some of the treatments and services we provide include:
- Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
- Esophageal endoscopy (EGD)
- EUS-guided fine needle aspiration
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) anti-reflux surgery
- Infliximab administration
- Polyp removal
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
The drainage channels, or ducts, from the liver are called bile, or biliary, ducts. The pancreatic duct is the drainage channel from the pancreas.
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a specialized technique used to study the bile ducts, pancreatic duct and gallbladder.
During ERCP, your doctor will pass an endoscope through your mouth, esophagus and stomach into the duodenum (first part of the small intestine). An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube that allows your doctor to see inside your bowels.
Your doctor will inject a contrast dye into the pancreatic or biliary ducts. This dye makes it easier to see any possible stones, tumors or narrowed bowel ducts in X-rays.
Our gastroenterologists treat all gallbladder conditions. Based on your specific gallbladder issue, treatment may include lifestyle modifications or medications to control symptoms.
If you have a gallbladder attack or severe symptoms of a gallbladder condition, your doctor may suggest removing the gallbladder. (It's an organ you can live without.) Gallbladder removal surgery is known as a cholecystectomy.
This surgery may be performed as an open surgery (through one large incision) or as a minimally invasive surgery (through a few small incisions). Talk to your doctor about whether you are a candidate for minimally invasive gallbladder surgery.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also called acid reflux, occurs when acid and/or contents from the stomach frequently back up into the esophagus. This often leads to heartburn.
If your GERD symptoms are severe and cannot be resolved with medicine or lifestyle changes, your doctor may suggest surgery. The surgery to treat GERD is called Nissen fundoplication. In many cases, surgery can lead to long-term control of acid reflux.
During this surgical procedure, your doctor wraps the upper curve of your stomach (fundus) around the esophagus. Your surgeon will then stitch the fundus into place.
This strengthens the valve between your esophagus and stomach, stopping acid from rising into the esophagus as easily.
A hiatal hernia occurs when part of your stomach pushes up into your diaphragm muscle.
If you have a hernia and your doctor suggests surgery, it can be done using open surgery or minimally invasive surgery. During hernia surgery, the weak tissue is secured and any holes are closed.
If minimally invasive surgery is an option for you, ask your doctor about robotic surgery.