Gastroenterology

About Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology is a medical specialty that deals with the health of the stomach and intestines, known as the gastrointestinal (“GI”) tract. Gastroenterologists are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of symptoms and conditions that affect the GI tract, including gastroesophageal reflux disease, abdominal bloating, celiac disease, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, constipation, abdominal pain, liver diseases (such as hepatitis and jaundice), motility disorders, bleeding in the digestive tract, inflammation in the digestive tract (gastritis), pancreatic and biliary diseases, colon cancer, esophageal and gastric diseases, ulcers, small intestinal diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrheal malabsorptive disorders, hemorrhoids, hiatal hernias, diverticulitis, polyps, colitis and Crohn’s disease.

At UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center, we are committed to keeping your GI tract healthy by offering the following procedures:

  • Colonoscopy – Procedure for examining the lining of the colon (large intestine) for abnormalities by inserting a thin flexible tube with a light and camera into the rectum
  • Upper Endoscopy (EGD) – Procedure for examining the lining of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine) by inserting a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope
  • Coming soon: Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP) procedures – Outpatient procedure performed to diagnose and treat a number of diseases of the pancreas and bile ducts

UNM SRMC’s Gastroenterology Clinic works in conjunction UNM Hospitals Center for Digestive Diseases. For more information about Gastroenterology and patient resources, please visit their website.

Making an Appointment

Our Gastroenterology Clinic offers appointments every Friday. To make an appointment, please call 505.994.7397.

For your appointment: Please remember to bring relevant medical records and a current list of all medications.

Procedure Preparation

Colonoscopy

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Endoscopy

After your upcoming procedure has been scheduled, you will receive a call from a Registered Nurse the night before your procedure to answer any questions you might have. Please have ready a complete list of current medications, including over the counter medication and herbals, a list of allergies, emergency contacts, and name and numbers of the person taking you home.You must have a ride available to take you home, we cannot send you home in a cab for safety reasons.  If you need to fax any forms, our office fax number is 994-7297.

You will receive a phone call the working day before your procedure to give you the final instructions on when to arrive at hospital. These calls are made between 12:00 and 5:00 pm. If you have not received a call by 4pm the day before your scheduled procedure, please call our office at 994-7506.

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