At Central Maine Healthcare, we’re committed to helping people throughout western and central Maine take charge of their digestive health.
Our board-certified gastroenterologists provide specialized care for a full range of gastric conditions, whether your symptoms are mild or significantly impacting your health and daily life. We provide the latest diagnostic tests to understand exactly what’s ailing you, as all as the latest treatments to help you manage your condition more easily and effectively.
Ultrasounds offer a minimally invasive way to evaluate disorders in all parts of the body, including digestive disorders. These exams use an endoscope—a long, fiber-optic tube that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce detailed images of the lining and walls of the digestive tract and chest. It can also examine nearby organs, including the pancreas, liver and lymph nodes, for other potential problems.
ECRP is a kind of endoscope exam, designed to examine your pancreatic and bile ducts highlighted with dye. Most of the time, your doctor will pair an ECRP with X-rays to get the complete picture.
Should you require surgery to help treat a digestive problem, rest assured you’re in skilled hands. Our surgeons specialize in laparoscopic techniques, which often offer significantly less pain and scarring, fewer complications and a faster recovery compared to traditional “open” procedures.
Prokinetics are a type of medication that reduces some of the discomforts of gastro disorders caused by “delayed emptying.”
For gastric disorders, as well as ailments in other parts of the body, integrative medicine at Central Maine offers therapies that can play a vital role in healing.
Acupuncture can help relieve symptoms by stimulating the body’s own natural painkillers. Other approaches include probiotics (beneficial bacteria already found in the digestive tract), fish oil (now widely recognized as an anti-inflammatory), aloe vera gel, as well as nutritional and herbal supplements.
Our GI doctors and integrative medicine experts will work together and with you to help create a custom and comprehensive treatment plan.