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The Penn State Health Approach to Digestive Health

Penn State Health offers the latest approaches to diagnose and treat digestive health conditions. Many of these conditions cause symptoms that affect your quality of life - we can help.

As the only tertiary care academic medical center in central Pennsylvania, we offer the latest treatments, backed by translational and clinical research and medical innovation. Our expertise is unmatched in a wide range of conditions including cancers of the digestive system, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), liver disease, motility disorders, celiac disease and more.

You can count on an expert team that has experience in treating your specific condition, including complex digestive diseases. We use the least-invasive approaches to help you feel better as quickly as possible. Gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, imaging technologists, nutritionists and other experts work together to deliver well-coordinated, seamless care

Complete Care for a Full Range of Digestive Diseases

Our digestive health team treats illnesses that affect the stomach, esophagus, intestines, gall bladder, pancreas, colon and rectum.

Our Children’s Hospital Digestive care team offers specialized care for children with digestive disorders.

We use sophisticated techniques evaluate disease at the earliest stages, to ensure you get the treatment you need in a timely manner. We work with you to develop a treatment plan that best fits your needs.

Our Health Care team will also provide educational tools on preventative care, and ensure you’re well-informed about your condition so that you can live better, without symptoms.

Support Groups

Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Support Group

The Crohn’s and Colitis Support Group provides information, support and resources for patients and families with the goal of building a group that allows the...

The Crohn’s and Colitis Support Group provides information, support and resources for patients and families with the goal of building a group that allows the Penn State Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center patients and their family members to develop connections with and receive support from other patients and care providers. Our scheduled speakers provide practical and up-to-date information on various aspects of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

The meetings are free and take place quarterly from 6-8 p.m.

For more information, contact Rachael Wentzel, IBD support group facilitator at gotgutshhmc12@gmail.com.

Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Support Group

The Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Support Group provides adolescent pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients age 12-18 years and their parents with helpful information and the...

The Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Support Group provides adolescent pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients age 12-18 years and their parents with helpful information and the chance to meet others living with IBD.

The meetings take place quarterly at Penn State Children’s Hospital, rooms P1100/P1100A, and feature a brief presentation on educational topics, followed by discussion for the parents and an activity for the adolescents. 

Please call 717-531-1043 for more information..

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Why Choose Penn State Health for Digestive Disease Care

We’re known for our comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options for digestive diseases with a patient centered multi-disciplinary approach. Families throughout central Pennsylvania choose us for our top-quality care.

Nationally Recognized Digestive Disease Care

These are a few reasons why families choose us:

  • We’re known for our expert, multi-specialty IBD care, where you can get multiple services in a single visit. 
  • We perform more minimally invasive surgeries than any other colorectal group in central Pennsylvania, including laparoscopic, single-site and robotic-assisted surgery.
  • Our digestive health experts perform leading-edge endoscopic approaches — which use a scope, camera and tiny instruments — to diagnose and treat many conditions without surgery.
  • We use advanced technology to enhance safety and precision. Our surgical SUPERSUITE® integrates imaging, robotics and precision instrumentation into a complete system that allows surgeons to provide safer, more efficient care.

Expert, Team-Based Care Designed for You

We have superior expertise in a wide range of digestive health conditions. Your gastroenterologist may work with specialists in cancer, liver disease, nutrition, colorectal surgery, imaging and other areas to ensure you get complete care.

Whatever your diagnosis, you get personal attention from experts with advanced digestive health expertise. We also keep you well-informed about your treatment and offer assistance to make your experience as convenient and stress-free as possible.

Digestive Disease Research and Clinical Trials

We’re committed to improving the quality of life for people with digestive disorders, including IBD and pancreas, biliary and motility disorders. One of our labs has studied IBD for nearly 20 years, establishing the nation's largest registry of IBD patients and IBD biobank - a collection of biological samples, such as blood, and health information that serves as a library for researchers. Learn more about our clinical trials.

Related Services and Treatments

  • Cancer care
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Colectomy
  • CT and MR enterography
  • General and advanced interventional endoscopy
  • Esophageal and anorectal manometry
  • Ileostomy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Nutrition services
  • Palliative care
  • Pediatric digestive diseases
  • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG)
  • Stomal therapy

Conditions Treated

  • Achalasia
  • Anal cancer
  • Barrett's esophagus
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Celiac disease
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Colorectal polyps
  • Diverticulitis
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Gastrointestinal motility disorders
  • Gastroparesis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Microscopic colitis
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatic cysts
  • Reflux disease
  • Scleroderma stomach cancer
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Submucosal tumors
  • Swallowing disorders

Convenient Locations

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