Digestive health experts in Reston

The gastroenterologists at Reston Hospital Center treat a wide range of diseases and conditions of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder, colon and rectum. Whether you have the occasional stomach pain or have a serious condition, our GI specialists in Reston can help improve your digestive health.

To find a provider or to speak to a nurse 24/7, please call (877) 689-3627.

From bringing food into the body, to eliminating waste, the GI tract is one of the most complex organ systems in the human body.

When you need help for gastrointestinal conditions, you want GI doctors with the most experience—and that is exactly what you will find at Reston Hospital’s Center for Thoracic and Esophageal Disorders. In the last 20 years, our gastroenterologists have performed more anti-reflux procedures than any other provider in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

In addition, you may benefit from advanced treatment options as they become available through our involvement in ongoing clinical research trials. We are the only non-university participant and the only participant in the mid-Atlantic region.

Digestive health conditions we treat

Our GI specialists treat a wide range of digestive health issues, including:

  • Acid reflux (heartburn)
  • Anal fissures
  • Anal fistulae
  • Anal condyloma
  • Colitis
  • Colon polyps
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Crohn's disease
  • Diseases of the bile ducts or pancreas
  • Diverticulitis
  • Esophageal disorders, including Barrett's esophagus
  • Fecal incontinence or outlet obstructions
  • Gastritis
  • Gallbladder disorders
  • Gallstones
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Tumors of the GI tract
  • Ulcers (gastric, duodenal and peptic)

Stomach pain

Everyone experiences stomach pain at some point, and the causes and severity of abdominal pain can vary. Though some stomach pain may be normal, you should seek emergency care if the pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms:

  • Stomach is hard and/or tender to the touch
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Inability to eat without nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in your chest, neck or shoulder
  • Shortness of breath or dizziness
  • High fever
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dark or black stool
  • Vomit contains blood

Acid reflux and GERD

Heartburn is a common term for gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Caused by the backup (reflux) of stomach acid or contents into the esophagus, the disorder causes a burning sensation and other symptoms. If left untreated, acid reflux can lead to more serious health problems, including ulcers and esophageal cancer.

Symptoms of GERD include:

  • Regurgitation of fluid or food into the throat or mouth
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing food
  • Chronic sore throat or cough
  • Asthma, wheezing or chronic bronchitis
  • Hoarseness
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Difficulty sleeping while lying flat or after eating
  • Suddenly waking from sleep to find yourself choking, coughing or unable to breathe well

At Reston Hospital, we recognize GERD as an anatomical problem that needs an anatomical solution. We offer a variety of treatments for GERD to help improve your quality of life.

Gastrointestinal cancer

Reston Hospital offers expert, comprehensive cancer care close to home. Whether you have experienced colorectal cancer symptoms or have received a cancer diagnosis, our oncologists are here for you. We provide full-service care, from screenings and diagnosis through treatment and survivorship.

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Gastrointestinal services and treatments

Reston Hospital offers you specialized services and medical teams for comprehensive digestive testing and esophageal studies, such as:

  • Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Dietary counseling
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Manometry studies to evaluate motor function and coordination of muscular activity throughout the digestive system
  • Esophageal pH impedance studies to measure reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus
  • 24-hour pH reflux monitoring
  • Bravo pH test to measure the degree of acidity or alkalinity in your esophagus

Colonoscopy

During a colonoscopy, a doctor uses a lighted, flexible scope with a tiny camera inside that can view the entire length of the colon. Patients are given a moderate sedative, and the procedure is generally painless. If your GI doctor finds any polyps during the examination, he or she can remove them at that time.

A colonoscopy requires your colon to be completely cleaned out so the doctor has a good view. There are several options for cleaning out your colon prior to the procedure, and your doctor will help determine the best method for you.

Endoscopy

Endoscopy uses a tiny camera in a soft, flexible, fiber-optic tube to view and perform procedures inside the body. There are a few common types of endoscopy used in gastrointestinal care:

  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP): Uses detailed X-rays to visually inspect the bile duct, pancreatic duct or gallbladder and to remove stones and place stents
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS): Examines deeper layers of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, bile duct, pancreas and gallbladder to accurately diagnose digestive tract disorders and determine the most effective treatment options; can also be used to take tissue samples and remove polyps, often avoiding the need for surgery
  • Upper endoscopy (upper GI, also known as esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD): Explores the esophagus, stomach and small intestine

Gastrointestinal surgery

Advanced technology, new therapies and minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgical all offered through our Institute for Robotics & Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Our gastroenterologists collaborate with other specialists, such as gynecologic surgeons, to perform rectal prolapse repairs and pelvic floor reconstruction.

Laparoscopic colorectal surgeries account for nearly 80 percent of GI surgeries and use smaller incisions, resulting in faster recovery.