PacMed Gastroenterology – First Hill
Promoting a Healthy Digestive System
Gastroenterologists treat disorders of the digestive system. This system consumes food, absorbs nutrients and expels waste.
Our highly trained Gastroenterology team works closely with patients to help them achieve good nutrition and manage digestive issues so they can lead a productive life. Most of our specialists also completed additional training and are certified in the subspecialty of hepatology, which focuses on the liver and pancreas.
Often, you’ll hear gastroenterology issues called “GI” disorders—which is short for gastrointestinal. The digestive system is about 30-feet long and includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver.
Building on a wealth of experience, our Gastroenterology department offers a comprehensive approach to your care. They see patients at our Canyon Park, First Hill, Northgate, Renton and Totem Lake clinics.
Colon Cancer Screenings
Colon cancer is increasingly recognized as a major problem, particularly in women, where the vast majority of cases are going undetected. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.
Our team works joins our primary care providers in encouraging patients to get regular colon cancer screenings. Early detection of colon cancer can prevent up to 90% of colorectal cancer deaths. The screening for gastric and colorectal cancer is either a sigmoidoscopy or a colonoscopy.
We understand that many patients may be reluctant to undergo these screenings. We strive to be sensitive and respectful of your concerns.
Common disorders include:
- Peptic ulcer disease
- Colon polyps
- Gallbladder stones
- Gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD
- Functional bowel disorders—such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
- Acute and chronic liver disease
- Cancers (colon, gastric, pancreatic and others)
WHAT TO BRING
Bring the following items to make the most of your time with the doctor:
- ID and insurance cards
- Your co-pay
- Any X-rays and labs from outside the PacMed/Swedish/Providence network
- A list of your questions and symptoms.
Please plan to arrive 20 minutes early to park and check in. Read more details on how to prepare for your visit.
CHECK YOUR COVERAGE
To avoid financial surprises, we recommend calling your insurance before your visit to check your coverage for:
- Pacific Medical Centers
- The provider you’re seeing
- The services or procedures you are coming in for.
It’s good to ask your insurance whether our clinic and provider are in network and what your financial responsibility might be.
If you or a family member are active or retired military, you may be eligible for the Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP).
USFHP is TRICARE prime option offering top-quality civilian medical care. USFHP is sponsored by the Department of Defense and has been administered in our region by PacMed for over 30 years.
Call 800.585.5883 to learn more or enroll in the US Family Health Plan (USFHP).