Gastrointestinal (GI) or digestive symptoms such as heartburn, indigestion or constipation can be common concerns. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common disease diagnosed by gastroenterologists with an estimated 10-15 percent of the adult population suffering from this condition. Sometimes symptoms like rapidly worsening abdominal pain, rigid or tender abdomen, or blood in the stool can also be an indication of a more serious condition.

GI or digestive diseases are numerous and can affect the bowel, colon, esophagus, stomach, gallbladder, small and large intestines, liver, pancreas, and the rectum. Symptoms can vary widely, depending on the organ that is affected.

Our team of digestive specialists at HCA Midwest Health includes gastroenterologists, general surgeons and ear-nose-throat specialists (otolaryngologists). If you are having pain or difficulty eating or digesting, blood in the stool, changes in bowel habits, and/or weight loss contact your primary care physician, or contact Nurses On-Call at (816) 751-3000 to find a physician or make an appointment with one of our specialists.

Colon Cancer Risk Assessment


  • Acid Reflux
  • Appendicitis
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Celiac disease
  • Colon cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear, Nose, Throat Cancers
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Fissure (Anal)
  • Gallstones
  • Gastric and Peptic ulcers
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • GI cancer
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Liver diseases
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatitis
  • Stomach cancer
  • Ulcerative colitis


  • Blood in the stool
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty eating or digesting
  • Flatulence or Gas
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Low back pain
  • Rigid or tender abdomen
  • Stomach cramps
  • Weight loss

Treatment Options

  • Bravo capsule - pH monitoring capsule-based, patient-friendly test to identify acid reflux
  • Capsule endoscopy – examines lining of middle GI tract through pill-sized video camera
  • Colonoscopy – allows imaging of entire colon as well as removal of lesions during same examination. Particularly helpful for removal of precancerous polyps.
  • da Vinci Surgical Robotic System – minimally invasive surgical technique
  • EGD – Esophagogastroduodenoscopy – to visualize esophagus, stomach, and first part of the duodenum.
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) - obtain images and information about digestive tract through ultrasound. ERCP – specialized technique used to study bile ducts, pancreatic duct and gallbladder