Gastroenterologists in Brandon, Florida

The gastroenterologists at HCA Florida Brandon Hospital provide comprehensive care to children and adults with stomach pain and abdominal concerns in the Hillsborough County region.

Our specialists have extensive training in diagnosing and treating conditions affecting the stomach, intestine, colon, rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. No matter what type of digestive symptoms you are exhibiting, we have the knowledge and training to help.

To learn more about our digestive health services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (813) 653-1065.

Gastrointestinal conditions we treat

We treat gastrointestinal conditions on an inpatient basis and provide stomach pain relief for patients seeking care in our emergency room (ER). Our gastrointestinal (GI) doctors care for a wide range of conditions affecting the digestive tract, including:

  • Acid reflux and heartburn
  • Appendicitis
  • Celiac disease
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hernias
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Pediatric gastrointestinal conditions

Surgical treatment options

Depending on a patient's presenting symptoms, treatment options range from medication management to routine surgeries. When surgery is needed, we use advanced techniques, including minimally invasive options such as endoscopic surgery. Endoscopic surgery is performed using a scope that is inserted through small incisions. We frequently perform the following surgical procedures:

  • Appendectomy (appendix removal)
  • Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
  • Esophagectomy (esophageal cancer removal)
  • Hernia repair
  • Stomach surgery

Heartburn and acid reflux treatment

If you are experiencing symptoms of chronic heartburn or conditions such as acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the treatment you need is close to home at HCA Florida Brandon Hospital. When experienced longterm, heartburn, acid reflux and GERD can lead to more serious health problems, which is why it is important to seek treatment for your symptoms early on.

The heartburn and reflux specialists at our hospital provide individualized care for patients based on the severity of their symptoms. Treatment options can range from lifestyle and diet modifications to surgical treatment.

Pediatric gastroenterology

Our Pediatric Aerodigestive Center provides pediatric pulmonary care and digestive care to children. Our team collaborates to diagnose and treat disorders that can affect a child’s ability to breathe, swallow and eat properly.

Pediatric digestive health conditions we treat

Our pediatric gastrointestinal specialists treat the following conditions in children:

  • Stridor: This is a high-pitched wheezing sound caused by a blocked airway. Causes of stridor include an object that is blocking the airway, swelling in the throat, trauma to the airway, croup (viral respiratory infection), bronchitis (inflammation of airways leading to lungs), tonsillitis (inflammation of lymph nodes at back of mouth and throat) and epiglottis (inflammation of tissue covering the windpipe).
  • Difficulty swallowing: This condition is also referred to as dysphagia. Some causes of dysphagia are inflammation of the esophagus and scleroderma, which is a condition that causes tissues of the esophagus to become hard and narrow. Dysphasia can also be caused by esophageal tumors and certain problems with the nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy.
  • Reflux: Symptoms of reflux include heartburn, burping and spitting up. Children with reflux have frequent regurgitation or vomiting after meals and often cry or are irritable after eating. They may also refuse to eat or only eat small amounts.
  • Unexplained cough: An unexplained chronic cough can be caused by asthma, whooping cough, cystic fibrosis, acid reflux or a blocked airway.

Pediatric digestive health services

Our pediatric gastrointestinal specialists perform the following services:

  • Esophageal impedance-pH study: This is a test to determine whether contents from the stomach are coming up into the esophagus. The test evaluates acid and non-acid gastroesophageal reflux.
  • High resolution esophageal manometry: This is a procedure in which a small flexible tube is placed into the nose and passed into the esophagus. It is used to determine how well your child's esophagus is working by measuring the pressure and coordination of the esophageal muscles. By gauging the strength of these muscles, doctors may learn more about your child's symptoms, like difficulty swallowing, chest pain or gastroesophageal reflux.
  • Modified barium swallow study: A procedure where a child ingest foods and liquids containing barium sulfate, a contrast dye that sharply outlines your mouth, throat and esophagus on X-ray film. Using real-time X-rays, or fluoroscopy, a physician observes the movement of the barium on a monitor. This helps the physician determine the cause of difficulty swallowing.
  • Triple endoscopy: This is a procedure where a flexible tube with a camera on the end is inserted through the nose into the airway, It allows doctors to visualize the larynx, bronchi and esophagus.