The Digestive System
The body’s digestive system is a complex tool that transforms nutrients in food into energy and gets rid of waste. Its organs and tissues run all the way from the mouth to the anus and incorporate the esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, small bowel (small intestine) and colon (large intestine), as well as the liver and pancreas. Digestive disorders may disrupt one or more parts of the process and cause anything from mild discomfort to debilitating pain and embarrassment.
If you are suffering from a digestive disorder, Sentara is here to help.
At Sentara our physicians an nurses are here to guide you on your journey back to a healthy life. Our comprehensive team approach begins with advanced diagnostic equipment and incorporates state-of-the-art medical and surgical techniques, innovative pain relief methods and supportive follow-up care after treatment. Sentara doctors emphasize minimally invasive procedures which result in smaller incisions and less pain for many surgical patients, as well as hospital stays that are often less than half of those needed after a traditional open operation.
Sentara doctors offer compassionate expertise in the management of diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.