Gastroenterology Services in St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Anthony’s Hospital has an expert team of gastroenterologists who specialize in treating disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and digestive system. The digestive system is a series of organs that span the mouth to the anus and break down food so that the body can get energy and nutrients. It is estimated that digestive disorders, ranging from chronic constipation to inflammatory bowel disease, affect 60 to 70 million people.

Symptoms of Digestive Disorders

While the symptoms of digestive disorders can vary greatly from person to person, any of the following symptoms merit a visit to your doctor so that he or she can perform a thorough examination and determine a diagnosis:

  • Bloody stools or rectal bleeding
  • Changes in bowel habits (chronic constipation or diarrhea)
  • Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite
  • Persistent heartburn
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Persistent gas or bloating

Types of Digestive Disorders

Any disorder involving the mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, small and large intestines, pancreas or anus is considered a digestive disorder. Some of the most common conditions treated at St. Anthony’s Hospital include:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Colon polyps


Unique Specialty Procedures

Our highly trained team of clinicians have performed thousands of routine and complex endoscopic procedures. St. Anthony’s Hospital’s Endoscopy Lab performs some of the more unique procedures in the region and state, including:

  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
    • Therapeutic ERCP (including failed prior ERCP)
    • Cholangioscopy (Spyglass) for direct visualization of the bile duct or pancreatic duct
    • ERCP for stenting & stone removal (for gallstones, biliary or pancreatic strictures, and leaks/fistulas)
    • Endoscopic Ampullectomy (for Ampullary Tumors)
    • Removal of complex gallstones
    • ERCP for surgically altered anatomy (e.g. Whipple, Billroth I, Billroth II, Roux en Y Gastric Bypass, etc.)
    • High risk ERCP (e.g. anticoagulation, elderly, prior pancreatitis, etc.)

  • Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection
    •  Endoscopic Resection of Early: 
      •  Esophageal Cancer
      • Gastric Cancer
      • Colorectal Cancer
    • Endoscopic Zenker's Diverticulectomy
    • Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) for Achalasia
    • Gastric Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (G-POEM, POP) for Gastroparesis

  • Endoscopic Ultrasounds
    • Diagnostic& Therapeutic EUS
    • EUS Guided Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)
    • EUS Guided Celiac Plexus Neurolysis (Nerve Block)
    • EUS Guided Cystogastrostomy (Pseudocyst Drainage)
    • EUS Guided Pancreatic Necrosectomy (for Walled Off Pancreatic Necrosis)
    • EUS Guided Choledochoduodenostomy (for Biliary Drainage)
    • EUS Guided Gastrojejunostomy Placement (for Gastric Outlet Obstruction)
    • EUS Guided Mediastinal Biopsies (for Lymphadenopathy of the Chest)
    • EUS Guided Pancreatic Cyst Drainage (for diagnosis)
    • EUS Guided Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) (for suspected pancreatic or biliary diseases)
    • EUS Guided Cholecystogastrostomy (for Acute Cholecystitis)
    • Evaluation of subepithelial lesions
    • Evaluation of obscure symptoms (weight loss, abdominal pain, etc.)

  • Small Bowel Endoscopy
    • Wireless capsule endoscopy
    • Single balloon enteroscopy (Antegrade and Retrograde)

St. Anthony's Hospital Heartburn and Swallowing Center

St. Anthony's Hospital Heartburn and Swallowing Center has a comprehensive program to treat GERD and other digestive diseases. Specialists use the latest diagnostic technologies and minimally invasive surgeries. Learn more.

Treatment for Digestive Disorders

St. Anthony’s Hospital is proud to offer a wide range of gastrointestinal surgeries for individuals throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Our endoscopic procedures include:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Colonic tissue culture
  • Duodenal tissue culture
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Hemorrhoid banding ligation
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) – feeding tube insertion
  • SpyGlass® System for cholangioscopy

Surgical procedures include:

  • Biopsy – biliary tract
  • Colonic stenting
  • Esophageal stenting
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Hemorrhoid surgery
  • Ileostomy
  • LAP-BAND® surgery
  • Liver biopsy
  • Minimally invasive anti-reflux surgery
  • Pouch ostomy
  • Foreign body removal

To learn more, call (727) 825-1100 or find a gastroenterologist near you.

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