Gastrointestinal care in Virginia's Roanoke Valley

LewisGale Medical Center's highly skilled gastroenterologists treat many diseases and disorders of the gastrointestinal (GI) system. This system of the body includes the esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, intestines, colon and rectum. With accurate diagnoses, advanced treatment methods and a patient-centered approach to care, we help you feel better, stay disease-free and quickly get back to your daily routine.

To schedule an appointment with one of our digestive health specialists, call our Consult-A-Nurse® line at (877) 242-2362.

GI conditions we treat

At LewisGale Medical Center, our GI specialists use nonsurgical and surgical — including traditional and robot-assisted — procedures to treat a wide range of digestive health conditions, from general abdominal pain to more complex issues like GI-related cancers, including:

  • Abdominal pain and ulcers
  • Anal fistulae
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Colitis
  • Colon polyps
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diseases of the bile duct or pancreas
  • Diverticulitis
  • Excessive diarrhea
  • Fecal incontinence or outlet obstructions
  • Excessive diarrhea
  • Gallbladder disease and gallstones
  • Gastric and duodenal ulcers
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and acid reflux
  • GI bleeding
  • GI cancer
  • Hernias
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Obstructions
  • Pancreatitis
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Swallowing difficulty

Diagnostic GI imaging and testing

Our diagnostic imaging and testing services are key to discovering critical details of your condition. By gathering this information, your physician can correctly diagnose your GI disorder and create an effective treatment plan for you.

We use leading-edge medical technology to perform digestive tests, including esophageal and small bowel capsule devices. Our tools can help us diagnose disorders of GI tract and detect several disease such as Crohn's disease and colorectal cancer.

Colonoscopy screenings

A colonoscopy remains the best method for detecting colon cancer in its early stages. Using a lighted, flexible scope with a small camera, your gastroenterologist can identify abnormalities and even remove polyps during the process. Colonoscopies are generally painless, thanks to the latest technologies. If detected early, colon cancer is very treatable.

Upper endoscopy (upper GI)

This outpatient procedure examines the esophagus, stomach and upper small intestines. Endoscopy can be a useful tool for treatment as well, such as removing polyps. Your physician might recommend an upper GI endoscopy for symptoms like stomach and abdominal pain, indigestion, difficulty swallowing or vomiting.

Colon cancer care

One of the most common types of gastrointestinal cancer, colon cancer, can only be detected through colonoscopy screenings. If cancer is detected, your emotional care is as important as your physical care. During and after treatment, you will have the support of a program coordinator to answer questions and help you navigate the process.

Surgical GI procedures

Our hospital offers traditional, noninvasive and laparoscopic surgery to treat various gastrointestinal diseases and conditions.

Colorectal surgery

Our colorectal physicians, surgeons, nurses and staff strive to provide the best possible care for our patients. We use advanced surgical techniques and aim to use the least invasive surgical procedure, ensuring you heal quickly. Colorectal surgery can be used to treat colorectal cancers and other disorders such as polyps and IBD.

Robot-assisted GI surgery

Some GI conditions — such as cholecystectomies (gallbladder surgery) and other abdominal procedures — can be treated with robotic surgery. There are many benefits to robot-assisted surgery compared to traditional surgery. During robotic surgery, your surgeon is 100 percent in control of the technology, which allows them to make much smaller incisions with more precise movements. Smaller incisions mean less blood loss, minimal scarring and a faster recovery.

Locating our gastroenterology office

Our office is located at 1802 Braeburn Drive in Salem, Virginia, in the Medical Office Building East. You may park in the lot outside of the building or use our free valet service. To get to our office, take elevator B to the main floor.

Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

Gastroenterology at HCA Virginia

Gastroenterology is the field of medicine relating to the treatment of the gastrointestinal tract. Gastroenterologists focus on the treatment of diseases of the digestive system, this includes a range of organs starting at the mouth and ending at the rectum.

Learn about Gastroenterology