The Center for Digestive Health, located on North Mississippi Medical Center's campus, offers outpatient digestive procedures. In addition, the center is home to the Heartburn Center of Mississippi as well as the private practices of Digestive Health Specialists, P.A. This shared location provides patients easy access to the gastroenterologists who oversee their care and work closely with referring physicians throughout NMMC's 24-county service area.
Digestive Health Conditions
Many digestive health problems are managed by primary care physicians, but when standard care methods are not effective, patients are referred to a gastroenterologist for further evaluation. The Center for Digestive Health's services include treatment and evaluation for the following:
- Cancer of the gastrointestinal tract, liver and pancreas
- Colon cancer and polyps
- Diseases of the pancreas
- Gallstones and biliary tract diseases
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Heartburn and gastrointestinal reflux
- Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's and ulcerative colitis)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Liver diseases
- Nausea and vomiting
- Swallowing problems
Digestive Health Services
Some of the most common procedures performed at the Center for Digestive Health include:
- Colonoscopy: examination of the large intestine; used in the prevention and diagnosis of colon cancer and the diagnosis of other colon diseases.
- Endoscopy: examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract.
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography, (ERCP): diagnostic screening for diseases of bile and pancreatic ducts.
- Endoscopic Ultrasound: uses a special endoscope to pass sound waves through the intestinal wall to visualize and biopsy lymph nodes, tumors and other abnormalities.
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy: diagnostic tool used in the prevention and detection of colon cancer and other colon diseases.
- Lower GI Series: X-rays of the rectum, colon and lower part of the small intestine. Also known as barium enema X-ray.
- Upper GI Series: X-rays of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum or upper gastrointestinal tract.
- Liver biopsy
- Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
- GI radiology
About the Center for Digestive Health
Our facility is designed to make services convenient and easily accessible for patients and their family members. Each patient is assigned a private room, equipped with a hospital bed, bathroom, (shared between two rooms), television and guest chair. Family members or guests may remain in the assigned room while the patient has a procedure. Following their scheduled procedure, patients return to their designated room for recovery. When patients are discharged from the Center for Digestive Health, family members or caregivers are asked to drive their personal vehicle to the patient exit, which is a covered drive. The patient is escorted or transported to this exit, and staff members assist family members in placing the patient into the vehicle.
The center's hours are 6:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The telephone number is (662) 377-5800. Services are available through physician referral
Radiology plays an important part in the care of patients with digestive diseases. The gastrointestinal radiology department is located within the Center for Digestive Health. Two state-of-the-art digital fluoroscopy rooms and complete ultrasound evaluation are available. The radiology department is staffed by radiologists who are specialists in gastrointestinal radiology.
If you are scheduled for an outpatient procedure at the Center for Digestive Health, call 1-866-375-3238 to preregister. On the day of your test, please arrive one hour ahead of your scheduled appointment. Please call (662) 377-5800 the day before your test if you are unable to make your scheduled procedure time.