GI Tract Surgery

Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract Surgery near Anchorage, Alaska

At Far North Surgery in Anchorage, AK, our surgeon is an expert in applying minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of a variety of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. The conditions involving GI tract surgery include gastroesophageal reflux disease, gallbladder disease, liver/pancreatic cancer or cysts, intestinal obstructions, tumors or inflammation, and many more. Our surgeon performs diverse digestive system surgeries.

GI System

The digestive system, which primarily helps to disintegrate and absorb food inside your body, is the gastrointestinal (GI) tract or digestive tract and the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. Here is an outline of the main parts of a GI tract:

Esophagus - It's a long, thin, muscular tube that joins the pharynx (throat) to the stomach. It functions to transport food and liquids from the mouth to the stomach.

Stomach - It is a rounded organ located just below the diaphragm in the abdominal cavity. It stores food and releases gastric juices to break down the food.

Pancreas - It's a narrow gland in the upper-left abdomen. It functions as both a digestive exocrine gland and a hormone-secreting endocrine gland.

Liver - It's the second largest organ, extending all over abdominal cavity just below the diaphragm. It secretes the bile juice and performs many vital functions within the body.

Gallbladder - It's is a tiny, hollow, muscular and pear-shaped organ. It performs an essential role in food digestion.

Bile Duct - They are ducts or tubes that transport bile from the liver and gallbladder and make a branched structure called the biliary tree.

Small Intestine - It's an elongated, highly coiled tube in the digestive tract that assimilates the maximum amount of nutrients from the food we consume.

Large Intestine‚Äč - from the large intestine reaches from the cecum to the rectum, where the body absorbs water and minerals from the digestive process, for the last time in the body.

Rectum - The large intestine thrusts the waste material from the body into the rectum, the ultimate part of the digestive tract.

Symptoms of GI Disorders

While some of the symptoms of GI tract disorder can be easily treated while others can be life-threatening and necessitate emergency treatment. For various people, emergency treatment concerns surgery. Some of the symptoms of GI tract disorders may include:

  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn/ GERD
  • Incontinence
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Swallowing problems
  • Weight loss or gain

Types of Diagnostic Tests

There are three components of arriving at an accurate diagnosis of GI tract disorders. These include an examination of the previous medical record of the patient, a physical test, possibly also a mental evaluation, and doing proper tests to get tissue samples and stool samples from the patient.

Different kinds of imaging techniques included in the diagnostic tests for GI tract disorders are:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Upper GI endoscopy
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Computed Tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Treatment Options

GI tract disorders vary from mild to intense, from acute to chronic, and from ailments that resolve on their own to those needing surgery and/or medication.

  • In numerous cases that are not grievous, doctors will prescribe short-term medication or a dietary habit modification, before considering a GI tract surgery.
  • Many surgical procedures recommended for the digestive tract include using endoscopy, open surgery, and laparoscopy. Organ transplants on the liver, pancreas, and small intestine can also be performed.

Why Choose Us for Gastrointestinal (GI) Surgery

You can confidently choose the Far North Surgery team, for all your gastrointestinal (GI) surgery requirements because:

  • We offer minimally invasive and established surgical treatments.
  • Our medical team has world-class expertise in the field of GI surgery.
  • We support a culture of compassion and healing.
  • Our team of professionals is committed 24/7 to the patient well-being.
  • Modern diagnostic techniques to provide the highest quality diagnosis.

At Far North Surgery, we offer the most advanced, secure and minimally invasive surgical techniques to all our patients for disorders linked with the gastrointestinal tract. Call us at 907-276-3676 to learn more about latest surgical treatment options for your gastrointestinal (GI) tract disorders.

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