Gastroenterology

Tillman Medical Group

Gastroenterologists & Internal Medicine located in Vidalia, LA

To maintain good digestive health and function, board-certified gastroenterologists C. R. Tillman, MD, and Kellen Jex, MD, provide comprehensive gastroenterology services at Tillman Medical Group in Vidalia, Louisiana. Whether you need preventive colon cancer screenings or diagnostic testing for abdominal pain or chronic constipation, the medical team provides advanced gastroenterology treatment services. You can book a gastroenterology consultation online or by calling Tillman Medical Group today.

Gastroenterology Q & A

What is gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is a field of medicine that focuses on diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal diseases and disorders in men and women.

The gastrointestinal system is responsible for digesting food and absorbing nutrients to support good health. The gastrointestinal tract also eliminates waste from your body. The parts that make up your gastrointestinal system include:

  • Anus
  • Rectum
  • Large intestine (colon)
  • Small intestine
  • Stomach
  • Pancreas
  • Gallbladder
  • Esophagus
  • Liver

When any part of the system fails, it can lead to a variety of gastrointestinal issues. In some cases, dysfunction in the digestive system can be the result of an injury or an underlying disorder or disease.

When should I schedule a gastroenterology consultation?

The team at Tillman Medical Group recommend scheduling a diagnostic evaluation if you have unexplained symptoms that affect the health or function of your digestive tract, including:

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Acid reflux
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation
  • Anemia (low blood count)

The doctors can also help you manage an existing disease like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to protect your long-term gastrointestinal health.

At Tillman Medical Group, you can also receive a routine colonoscopy as a preventive screening and prevention test for colon cancer as you get older or if you have a personal or family history of cancer or colon polyps. The providers also offer comprehensive care for colon and other types of digestive tract cancers.

What can I expect during my initial gastroenterology consultation?

During your initial consultation with the gastroenterology team at Tillman Medical Group, your provider takes the time to review your personal and family medical histories to determine if you have risk factors for certain hereditary diseases. They also discuss any symptoms you have or changes you notice in your usual bowel habits.

If your visit is to diagnose new symptoms, your Tillman Medical Group provider can determine which diagnostic tests are right for you. You might need blood work, imaging, endoscopy, or colonoscopy to identify issues in your digestive tract.

If you already have a diagnosis of an existing gastrointestinal disease or disorder, the team at Tillman Medical Group can create a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and ensure that your condition is well-managed in the long-term.

Your gastroenterology specialist can also provide resources to improve your diet and lifestyle to improve your overall digestive health.

If you’re looking for reliable gastroenterology care, schedule a consultation online or by calling Tillman Medical Group today.