Gastrointestinal specialists in Charleston, SC

Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, such as heartburn and ulcerative colitis, affect many people. GI symptoms vary and depend on the condition. At Trident Health System, we understand the importance of evaluating various GI issues and providing effective treatment.

Our gastrointestinal specialists (gastroenterologists) focus on care for the digestive system in newborns, children and adults.

For more information about our digestive health services, call (843) 797-3463.

Common gastrointestinal diseases we treat

Patients can trust our GI team to offer a range of diagnostic testing and imaging services to evaluate the symptoms affecting their digestive health. Some conditions we treat include:

  • Acid reflux (heartburn) or GERD
  • Appendicitis
  • Celiac disease
  • Changes in bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation)
  • Colon conditions, such as fissures, abscesses, and diverticulitis (infection or inflammation of pouches that can form in your intestines)
  • Gallstones
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis
  • Hernias
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis)
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pediatric GI issues from newborn up to age 17
  • Polyps
  • Ulcers

Digestive health services and procedures we offer

Based on your diagnostic results, we prepare a treatment plan tailored to your condition. Services may include lifestyle management advice, medication or surgery. We offer:

  • Laparoscopy—Using a tiny video camera and surgical instruments inserted through a small incision to examine the abdominal organs.
  • Lower GI endoscopies—Examining the lower GI tract using a thin, flexible tube with a camera.
  • Upper GI endoscopies—Examination of the upper GI tract.
  • Robotic surgery—Using a robotic system to assist with minimally invasive surgery on the digestive system.
  • Minimally invasive surgery—Using image-guided instruments to image a targeted area, collect tissue for biopsies or remove tumors.

Advanced reflux treatments

Our GI specialists have several options for treating acid reflux (heartburn), its more severe form, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and other reflux conditions. First, our GI doctors treat patients through lifestyle changes and medication. If the first course of the treatment proves ineffective, our experts help patients decide the best surgical options like fundoplication surgery or bariatric surgery.

Pediatric gastroenterology

When your child has a tummy ache, it can cause concerns. And, when symptoms become chronic or affect your child's quality of life, advanced pediatric GI care may be needed. We have pediatric gastroenterology services available at Summerville Medical Center.

GI cancer screening

Our technologists use various tests, such as biopsies, colonoscopies and barium enemas (large intestine X-rays), to screen for GI cancer and, if found, to determine the type and stage.