If you’re experiencing new digestive symptoms or a chronic digestive condition, your primary care provider may recommend that you see a WVU Medicine Gastroenterology and Hepatology specialist. Our experts provide diagnosis and treatment for patients with a variety of digestive diseases affecting the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, liver, and pancreas.
WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital is nationally recognized by the National Pancreas Foundation (NPF) as an approved NPF Center, a designation symbolizing excellent patient care.
Conditions We Treat
We provide the most advanced care, diagnosis, and treatment for many digestive conditions, including:
- Acid reflux disease
- Barrett’s esophagus
- Bile duct cancer
- Bile duct problems
- Cancers of the gastrointestinal tract
- Crohn’s disease
- Colorectal cancer
- Hepatitis C
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Liver cancer
- Liver disease
- Motility problems of GI tract
- Peptic ulcers
- Ulcerative colitis
Treatments and Services
We are dedicated to providing you with state-of-the-art care for chronic and acute digestive conditions. Our expert providers from several medical specialties use the most advanced diagnostic methods to examine the medical issue you’re facing. With our cutting-edge treatment methods, a digestive diseases specialist may recommend medication, endoscopic surgery, or a combination of treatments, depending on the patient and the disease.
Treatment options may include:
- Advanced therapeutic endoscopy
- Banding for enlarged, bleeding veins in the esophagus
- Endoscopic weight-loss procedures
- Laser therapy for bleeding lesions
- Laser treatment of GI tumors
- Motility studies
- PEG tube placement
- Removal of polyps from stomach and colon
- Removal of stones from bile and pancreatic ducts
- Stenting of GI tract for tumors
WVU Medicine gastroenterologists perform nonsurgical endoscopic procedures for weight loss, and we partner with our patients to provide tailored, comprehensive care before, during, and after your procedure.
We perform outpatient endoscopic weight-loss procedures with patients under general anesthesia, using a flexible tube equipped with a tiny camera inserted through the mouth to reach the stomach. Because there are no abdominal incisions, the risk of severe adverse effects from endoscopic weight loss are low. Patients usually return to their normal routine after a few days of recovery at home.
At your evaluation appointment, you’ll undergo a screening process to help our gastroenterologists decide which endoscopic weight-loss procedure is right for you. Like other weight-loss procedures, endoscopic weight loss requires a commitment to a healthier lifestyle, changes to your diet, and regular exercise to help you achieve weight-loss success. WVU Medicine offers a variety of weight-loss services to help you attain your long-term goals.
You may be a candidate for endoscopic weight loss if:
- You have a body mass index of 30 or higher.
- You are not able to lose weight with diet and exercise alone.
- You’ve had weight-loss surgery, but regained weight.
- You have a physical condition making you ineligible for weight-loss surgery.
- You prefer not to undergo weight-loss surgery.
WVU Medicine offers the following endoscopic weight-loss procedures:
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty
With this nonsurgical, incision-less procedure, our providers reduce the size of the stomach with sutures to help patients attain a total body weight loss of about 15 to 20 percent within one to two years. Blood pressure, blood sugar, and other obesity-related medical problems may also improve. Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is not currently covered by most health insurance providers. Watch this video to learn more.
Transoral gastric outlet reduction
Patients who regain weight after gastric bypass surgery may receive this nonsurgical, incision-less procedure that reduces the size of the stomach with sutures to promote weight loss. This completely endoscopic procedure is performed from inside the stomach and without the need for abdominal incisions. An endoscope equipped with a suturing system allows placement of stitches into the gastric outlet.
Endoscopic revision of sleeve gastrectomy
Patients who regain weight after sleeve gastrectomy surgery benefit from this nonsurgical, incision-less procedure where the size of the stomach is reduced with sutures to promote weight loss. Endoscopic revision of sleeve gastrectomy limits the amount of food you can eat and increases the feeling of fullness after meals.
A soft, but durable balloon filled with liquid or air is inserted into the stomach through the mouth leaving less room for food intake. The balloon remains in the stomach for six months and is removed with a short endoscopic procedure. During the time the balloon is in place (and after removal), patients receive diet and exercise coaching from our team of experts.
Endoscopic management of surgical complications
With our wide variety of endoscopic devices and techniques, including suturing, stents, and clips, we diagnose and manage patients with gastrointestinal concerns after surgery, such as gastrointestinal strictures, fistulas, leaks, or perforation. Using endoscopic ultrasound, we can also alleviate bile duct, pancreas, and gallbladder issues after gastric bypass surgery.