Digestive Health Services
For patients in central Connecticut, The Digestive Health Center at MidState is a comprehensive resource for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a full range of gastrointestinal disorders that affect the stomach, colon and digestive tract.
We provide expert care. But we also realize that when you visit us, you may be experiencing some discomfort. That's why we do everything we can to ensure that your visit is as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
What makes our Center different?
- The Digestive Health Center is a dedicated hospital center, located at MidState's main campus on Lewis Avenue.
- For your convenience, there is a separate entrance and parking area, as well as a private waiting area.
- The Digestive Health Center is staffed by board certified gastroenterologists.
- All of our nurses and clinical staff have special expertise in the field of gastroenterology and many are certified by professional societies.
- The Digestive Health Center follows the highest national standard for cleaning and reprocessing scopes and equipment between patients - patient safety is our utmost concern.
Conditions and Risk Factors
Some of the more common digestive health conditions and their risk factors are listed below. If you think you may have one of these conditions, talk with your doctor. Click each of the conditions listed below to view more information:
To learn more about these conditions, contact MidState's Digestive Health Center at 203.694.8585.
- Tests performed at the Center
The Digestive Health Center performs colonoscopies, upper endoscopies, bronchoscopies and related diagnostic procedures. It is important that, when you come in for your procedure, you are well prepared and have followed all recommended instructions. Understanding how to best prepare for your test will ensure the most accurate results.
- Colonoscopy Services
More than 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer every year. Colorectal cancer is easily treatable and cured if detected early.
- About Colon Cancer
Colorectal cancer almost always develops from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Screening tests can easily detect these growths so that they can be removed before they become cancerous. If performed regularly, screening tests can also detect colorectal cancer in its earliest stages. Click the link below for more information:
- When should you begin screening for Colorectal Cancer?
You should get a screening test for colon cancer soon after turning 50 years old, and then continue to have one on a regular basis. However, you may need to have a screening test earlier if:
- You or a close relative have had colorectal polyps or cancer.
- You have inflammatory bowel disease.
- You experience symptoms like blood in your stool, unexplained and frequent stomach pain, cramps, or aches, or a change in your bowel habits.
- What Kinds Of Screening Tests Are Used For Colorectal Cancer?
Click on the following list of testing procedures to view more information:
- Fecal Occult Blood Test
This is a simple test you can do at home that checks for hidden (occult) blood in the stool. Place a small amount of your stool on test cards. Then return the cards to your doctor's office or a lab, where the stool samples are tested for hidden blood.
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
A lighted tube, called a sigmoidoscope, is inserted into your rectum and lower part of the colon to examine the lining for polyps or cancer.
- Combination of Fecal Occult Blood Test and Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
Some experts recommend using both tests to maximize your chances of detecting polyps and cancer.
This test is similar to a sigmoidoscopy in that the doctor uses a thin, flexible, lighted tube, called a colonoscope, which is inserted into your rectum and entire colon so that your doctor can find and remove polyps and cancer.
- Double Contrast Barium Enema
This test allows your physician to see if any abnormalities are present through an x-ray image of the rectum and entire colon.
For patients who live in the middle of Connecticut, the Digestive Health Center at MidState offers comprehensive, expert diagnostic services close to home. For more information, call 203.694.8585.