Diseases & Conditions

Getting the right treatment for a digestive disorder starts with identifying the problem. At the Hospitals of Providence, we stay up-to-date on digestive diseases and conditions — and share that information with the community of El Paso.

Below, we provide information on common digestive disorders that we may treat at our advanced care centers.

Bowel obstruction

This is a condition that occurs when the small or large intestine becomes partially or entirely blocked. This can interfere with the normal process of digestion and cause severe abdominal pain. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Celiac disease

This condition is an autoimmune disorder in which suffers are not able to ingest gluten without damaging the small intestine. Overtime, this can lead to nutrients not being properly absorbed by the body. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Constipation

Medically, constipation is defined as fewer than three stools per week. Constipation includes abdominal pain, infrequent bowel movements, small stools, hard stools and sometimes rectal bleeding. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Crohn's disease

This is an inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract. This condition can lead to severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue and malnutrition. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Diarrhea

This term describes bowel movements that are loose and watery. Diarrhea is common and not a very serious problem; it is often caused by an infection or virus. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Diverticulosis

Diverticula are small, bulging pouches that form in the lining of your digestive tract and are part of the large intestine. Diverticulosis occurs when the diverticula become inflamed. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Gallstones

Gallstones are a common medical problem. They are hard pieces of solid matter that form in the gallbladder and can cause steady pain in the upper abdomen. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Heartburn/GERD

GERD is also referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease and can lead to heartburn. GERD is a digestive disorder that affects the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Hemorrhoids

A hemorrhoid is a swollen and inflamed vein at the site of the anal canal. They are caused by pressure and are painful. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Inflammatory bowel disease

This disease is the ongoing inflammation of all or a portion of the digestive tract. IBD impacts the colon as well as the large intestine; many with Crohn's disease suffer from this condition. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

IBS is an intestinal disorder that causes bloating, gas, stomach pain, constipation and diarrhea. This disorder commonly affects the large intestine. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Peptic ulcer disease

This condition refers to painful ulcers that line the esophagus, stomach and small intestine. The most common symptom associated with this condition is a burning sensation after meals. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.

Ulcerative colitis

This condition is a chronic, inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation of the large intestine. The colon becomes inflamed and develops tiny ulcers, which causes great discomfort. Want to learn more about this condition? Connect with a physician in your area.


Your next step: let The Hospitals of Providence connect you with a physician in your area

For more information about your symptoms, call 915-577-8467 (THOP) to connect with one of our digestive health specialists or use the physician finder tool below.

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