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Digestive Health

Maine Medical Center’s Digestive Health services provides a multidisciplinary approach to the care of patients with benign and malignant disease of the digestive system. Routine and complex digestive illnesses will be evaluated and treated with the most advanced diagnostic and testing capabilities available in Maine.

What We Treat

Common Procedures

Services Provided through physician referral:

  • Endoscopy
  • Advanced Endoscopy
  • Inpatient Gastroenterology Consultation

Contact your physician for referral appointments.

We are pleased to provide easy-to-understand educational videos. These interactive, animated programs guide you through an overview of medical information to help prepare you for your procedure.

*Please note, these programs provide a general overview of the procedure. Your physician may have different requirements, recommendations, and pathways than what is presented. To view a program, please click on one of the links below.

Upper GI

Lower GI

Esophageal Disorders

MMC Digestive Health has the experience and technology to diagnose and treat patients with common problems, such as acid reflux and swallowing disorders. The diagnosis and treatment of cancer of the esophagus involves a team of specialist including, but not limited to, surgeons, gastroenterologists, oncologists and radiologists. We offer a non-surgical technique for non-cancerous changes in the esophagus.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

MMC Digestive Health coordinates the continuum of services required for effective IBD management  in the pediatric population- including gastroenterology, surgery, radiology, pathology, enterostomal therapy, nutrition services, and IV therapy.

  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Crohn's Disease

GI Bleeding

MMC Digestive Health’s team care and process streamline and improve the care of patients with non-variceal upper GI bleeding, one of the most common diagnoses treated here. By forming a "GI Bleed Team," we can offer the most advanced, comprehensive, and consistent methods for detecting and treating both acute and non-acute GI bleeding and related problems.

  • Upper/Lower Endoscopic Evaluation
  • Push Enteroscopy
  • Wireless Capsule Endoscopy
  • Treatment of Vascular Lesions with Argon Plasma Coagulation 

Pancreaticobiliary Disorders

MMC's Pancreaticobiliary Center (PBC) has evolved into an internationally recognized center of excellence in the care of patients with complex benign and malignant diseases of the pancreas and biliary tree. It provides cutting-edge medical treatment, endoscopy, and surgical procedures, and is involved in wide-ranging research in advanced techniques.

  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cysts
  • Pancreatic Pseudocysts
  • Bile Duct Obstructions

Liver Disorders

MMC Digestive Health provides access to a range of treatment and referral services for these complex disorders. These include expert care and advanced treatments for patients with acute and chronic viral liver diseases the Maine Medical Partners Virology Treatment Center, or VTC. Multi disciplinary care is available for benign and malignant liver tumors, as is coordinated evaluation and management of pre- and post-transplant patients. Access to clinical trials through the hepatitis program at the Virology Treatment Center is also available for patients who have failed conventional therapy.

  • Hepatitis A, B, C
  • Liver Cancer
  • Cirrhosis of the Liver
  • Hepatic Tumors

Colorectal Cancer

At MMC, we have multiple resources for the screening, diagnosis, prevention, and management of colorectal cancer. The state-of-the-art endoscopy unit, opened in 2005. Patients benefit from a highly skilled, experienced surgical staff employing advanced techniques including laparascopic surgery. When needed, CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy), chemotherapy, and radiation therapy are available. Genetic counseling is available when warranted by family history. 

  • Cancer of the Large Intestine
  • Cancer of the Rectum

For patients and family members/loved ones wanting to know more about colorectal cancer, please click here to connect to MMC’s Cancer Institute.

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