Gastroenterology (GI) services in Salt Lake City

The GI doctors at St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, know it’s not easy living with digestive conditions. Although some digestive disorders may be chronic, they are treatable. Together, our gastroenterologists and gastrologists will develop an individualized treatment plan to restore the quality of life for patients living with GI conditions.

For more information about our gastrointestinal services at St. Mark's Hospital, please call (801) 263-3041.

GI conditions we treat

Our GI doctors diagnose and treat a wide range of GI disorders, including:

  • Acid reflux
  • Anal fissures
  • Barrett's esophagus
  • Colon polyps
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs)
  • Gastroparesis
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Obstructions
  • Peptic ulcers

Diagnosing GI conditions

Colorectal conditions and cancer can occur at any age, regardless of your overall health or activity levels. If you are experiencing any of the following, it may be time to visit your doctor for a consultation:

  • Blood in your stool
  • Inconsistencies in your bowel movements
  • Narrow stools
  • Pelvic pain
  • Unexplained weight loss

Early detection and diagnosis are key to managing your healthcare and treatment. Screenings and early detection measures can significantly improve treatment outcomes and survival rates, should any sign of disease be detected.

If your gastroenterologist suspects a GI condition, they may suggest any of the following diagnostic exams:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Lower GI endoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Upper GI endoscopy
  • Upper GI series

Scheduling a GI diagnostic procedure

All GI diagnostic procedures are performed at the main hospital. Patients can register at the main registration desk (through the main hospital lobby, past the information desk, on the right side).

The registration process usually takes about 10-15 minutes, depending on the volume of patients that day. The procedures themselves usually take 45-60 minutes. To register for a procedure, patients will need an insurance card copy, valid picture ID, physician referral and prior authorization based on insurance.

The registration desk is open from 7:30am to 3:30pm.

For more information about GI diagnostic procedures at St. Mark's Hospital, call (801) 268-7140.

Surgery for colorectal conditions

Some common surgeries for colorectal conditions, particular colorectal cancer, are:

  • Colectomy—surgery to remove part or all of the colon
  • Rectal resection—surgery to remove part or all of the rectum

Robotic colorectal surgery

If you have a colorectal condition that requires surgery, one option that your doctor may recommend is robot-assisted surgery. Our doctors specialize in using robotic technology during surgery that allows the procedure to be performed through several small incisions. During the procedure, your surgeon is on control of robotic arms that provide them with increased precision.

This surgical system also allows for 3D, high-definition imaging that increases your surgeon’s visibility and access to your surgical site. The system, with its attached instruments, offers dexterity and control beyond that of the human hand.

Some of the benefits of robotic colorectal surgery include:

  • Faster recovery
  • Less pain
  • Minimal scarring
  • Precise removal of cancerous tissue
  • Quicker return of bowel function
  • Quicker return of urinary and sexual functions
  • Quicker return to normal diet
  • Shorter hospital stay

Gastroenterology at MountainStar Healthcare

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