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Overview

Yale New Haven Health’s comprehensive Digestive Health service line offers patients the most advanced, proven and effective medical and surgical treatments for gastrointestinal issues. Each year, millions of Americans are diagnosed with digestive system disorders that affect the digestive tract, including stomach, intestines, gallbladder, esophagus, biliary tract, pancreas, liver and colon. Our team of medical and surgical specialists work together to coordinate the best care and outcomes for each individual patient.

Given our affiliation with the renowned Yale School of Medicine, many of our patients have the unique opportunity to participate in clinical trials that can lead to better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose or treat digestive diseases.

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Some Conditions We Treat

  • Celiac Disease
  • Colorectal Disorders
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Fatty Liver Disease and other Liver diseases
  • Hernias
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Colitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Motility and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Swallowing and Esophageal Disorders
  • Ostomy Services
  • Pancreatic Diseases
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cysts
  • Pancreatitis

Procedures and Treatments

Digestive Health offers the full range of procedures and treatments for virtually any digestive health disease or condition. Some of the procedures and treatments we offer include:

  • Advanced endoscopy (including Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM))
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Motility testing (Impedance-pH monitoring)
  • Surgery

Key Programs

Advanced Endoscopy

We have highly specialized and experienced physicians who perform a variety of advanced endoscopy procedures. They evaluate patients with a range of symptoms and diseases including those with pancreatitis, biliary strictures and stones, unexplained abdominal pain, or anything gastrointestinal that seems abnormal. We use a multidisciplinary approach to complex cases including discussions with other specialists and surgeons. Our team dedicates time into expanding their capabilities through conducting research, training others in the advanced endoscopy field and applying their learnings to the treatment and care of their patients.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Yale New Haven Health’s Digestive Health service line offers the only comprehensive Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program in Connecticut. Our IBD Program offers a unique team-based approach that includes the patient, family members and caregivers. Gastroenterologists with advanced training and expertise in diagnosing and treating complex and difficult to treat patients with inflammatory bowel disease - Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis - lead the care team. Together they provide coordinated care for the full range of needs from medical and surgical options to nutrition and psychological care to achieve optimal wellness for patients.

Hernia Surgery

Our expert team of clinicians diagnose, treat, and help patients manage various types of hernias from mild to complex hernia repairs, including umbilical hernias and treatment for hiatal hernia. Hernias are very common. In many cases, small hernias may have been present since birth, and they can get larger over time. Other hernias can develop as we age from repetitive strain, heavy lifting or at sites of previous abdominal surgeries. Implanted materials like a hernia mesh are sometimes used in hernia repairs.

Center for Weight Management

Our Center for Weight Management brings together experts in the field of medical and surgical weight-loss, endocrinology, behavioral health, nutrition and exercise physiology to provide the best comprehensive weight-loss plan customized to the needs of each individual. Whether your goal is to lose weight to be eligible for an upcoming surgery, to address a medical condition like diabetes or high blood pressure or simply to reach a personal weight target, we are here for you and will help you choose the best path.

Bariatric Surgery

From the moment patients begin considering weight-loss surgery until long after their goal weight is reached, our Yale New Haven Health team works with patients to achieve the lifestyle and emotional changes needed to sustain weight-loss. Our accredited bariatric surgery program’s team of specialists and board-certified bariatric surgeons are here to support you too, if you decide weight-loss surgery is right for you.

Medical Weight Management (non-surgical)

Our medically supervised, non-surgical weight-loss program offers many options, including behavioral health consultations, nutrition counseling, medications, meal replacement and endoscopic procedures. Our specialists will work with you to decide which interventions are best for you based on your goals. We’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the various options with you, but ultimately the choice is yours.

Colorectal Surgery and Services

Colon and rectal diseases encompass a broad range of conditions that can vary from mildly irritating to life threatening. Research shows that catching colon cancer early through screening and treatment of colon and rectal diseases can significantly improve outcomes and survival rates. Our expert colorectal surgeons have completed advanced training in surgical and non-surgical treatments for colorectal cancer and colorectal diseases.

General Gastroenterology

Our Gastroenterology specialists treat all conditions of the digestive tract, including the esophagus, stomach, small intestines, liver, pancreas and colon. Our team of board-certified physicians specialize in advanced techniques to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions and digestive diseases, providing patients with comprehensive and compassionate care. Patients have access to the most advanced and least invasive endoscopic procedures available for diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal disease.

GERD/Acid Reflux

From reflux to swallowing disorders or any conditions affecting the esophagus, stomach and upper small intestine (also known as foregut), our team aims to provide patients with a comprehensive care plan that meets their needs. Our multidisciplinary approach to care for these disorders involves coordination of evaluations and treatment plans with gastroenterologists; radiologists; ear, nose and throat (ENT) physicians; and other specialists. Understanding the many causes of acid reflux, the team ensures the highest quality of care and most effective treatment for our patients.

Yale School of Medicine

Yale New Haven Health is proud to be affiliated with the prestigious Yale University and its highly ranked Yale School of Medicine.