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The Center for Digestive Disease at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center offers nationally recognized physicians who are dedicated to providing Baltimore and the surrounding area with highly specialized, extensive, and compassionate patient care for a full range of digestive system disease disorders.
Recognized by U.S.News and World Report as high performing in gastroenterology and GI surgery in 2014 and 2015, the Center for Digestive Disease, located conveniently in the community, offers quality, encompassing services.
Digestive diseases are disorders of the digestive tract, also known as the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Many people know this means your stomach and bowels, but it also includes the esophagus, large and small intestines, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
While the different types of digestive diseases are numerous, common problems include heartburn or acid reflux, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, and in some cases, cancer. These conditions may cause symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, gas, stomach pain, and stomach cramps. The symptoms can be mild and temporary, or more severe and constant.
Take a look at the list of symptoms below. Everyone experiences some of these now and then. For example, if overindulging at a holiday meal leaves you with a stomach ache, you know why. But if you are experiencing three or more of these symptoms on a regular, continuous basis, to a point where they are persistent and worsening, and you don’t know the cause, it may be time to see a gastroenterologist for help in determining—and treating—your condition.
*These symptoms on their own are serious and require immediate medical attention.
Just because you aren’t experiencing any of the symptoms above doesn’t guarantee you are healthy. Sometimes, you may have a disease and not know it because there are no symptoms. That’s why health screenings are so important.
Colorectal cancer, for instance, may not present any symptoms until the disease has progressed. But routine colorectal cancer screenings can help detect cancer early, when it is more treatable.
Most people should be screened for colorectal cancer beginning at age 50. Certain risk factors such as a family history of colorectal cancer and your own history with some digestive diseases, may require you to begin screening earlier than age 50.
The providers at the Center for Digestive Disease consist of gastroenterologists, colon and rectal surgeons, a hepatologist, general surgeons, and certified registered nurse practitioners who partner with the patients and their referring physicians to provide non-invasive and minimally invasive robotic surgical options to reduce complications, decrease hospital stay, and reduce health risks so patients can regain their lives and return to daily activities, sooner.
Dr. Savoie is Co-director of the Robotic Surgery Program for the Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery, and was awarded as a Baltimore Magazine Top Doc in 2014. Please note: Dr. Savoie will not be moving
to the Center, but she is considered part
of the team.
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