Pediatric gastroenterology is a specialty that diagnoses and treats nutrition problems and illnesses of the digestive system and liver in infants, children and adolescents. Pediatric gastroenterologists study and understand problems in the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. At Bon Secours, our physicians are board certified in pediatrics and the specialty of pediatric gastroenterology. Our pediatric gastroenterologists approach your child’s care with compassion and partner with you and your child’s physician to see that your child receives the best possible care.
Our highly skilled pediatric gastroenterologists are dedicated to caring for children that have:
- Abdominal pain
- Chronic or severe vomiting
- Food allergies and intolerance
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Eosinophilic esophagitis
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Lactose intolerance
- Liver and pancreas problems or diseases including jaundice
- Malnutrition, failure to thrive
- Short bowel syndrome, intestinal failure
- Ulcer disease
Because children, especially young children and infants, cannot always explain their symptoms, pediatric gastroenterologists are trained in a way that helps them diagnose conditions and work with small children. Our pediatric gastroenterologists are experts in how to perform and understand the results of diagnostic tests, such as endoscopy. This test uses narrow, flexible lighted tubes with built-in video cameras to see the inside of the intestinal tract.
Here are some tests that a pediatric gastroenterologist may conduct to help diagnose an illness or disease:
- Upper endoscopy helps the pediatric gastroenterologist see the inside of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first part of the small intestine).
- Colonoscopy lets the physician look inside the entire large intestine, from the rectum up through the colon to the lower end of the small intestine.
- Video capsule endoscopy is a capsule containing a miniature camera. When the child swallows the capsule, the camera takes pictures of the lining of the small intestine.
- Children are not small adults, and at Bon Secours our pediatric gastroenterologists know they must approach the care of our littlest patients differently.
Our physicians seek to provide the highest level of care available in the United States and have partnered with ImproveCareNow. St. Mary’s for Kids is the only Care Center in central Virginia to be a member of ImproveCareNow.
ImproveCareNow is a national quality improvement group of pediatric centers from across the country, dedicated to improving the care provided for pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
In addition, we support the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.
5855 Bremo Road
MOB North, Suite 605
Richmond, VA 23226