Non-Surgical Treatment for Digestive Diseases at Tampa General Hospital
Surgery is not the only available form of treatment for digestive diseases. Different therapies, medications, and non-surgical procedures can be effective in curing and managing disorders of the digestive system. Types of non-surgical treatments for digestive issues include:
- Biofeedback – For this procedure, biofeedback therapists attach sensors to a patient to gather information about what causes a stress response in that patient. With this information, the biofeedback therapist can then teach the patient relaxation exercises to help him or her avoid the stress response in the future and gain more control over involuntary bodily functions. As a treatment for digestive diseases, biofeedback can help those suffering from conditions like constipation, fecal incontinence, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
- Stoma care – Usually created in the abdominal wall, a stoma is an artificial opening that allows waste products to exit the body. Depending on the type of ostomy procedure that creates it, a stoma will require either an ostomy bag or a drainable or closed pouch for proper care. Living with a stoma also requires unique dietary and lifestyle changes.
- Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) – Recommended for those who suffer from chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the TIF procedure reconstructs and strengthens the lower esophageal sphincter, which is the valve between the esophagus and stomach that functions as the anti-reflux barrier.
The experienced team within Tampa General Hospital’s Endoscopy Center can conduct these non-surgical procedures as forms of treatment for digestive diseases. Our team includes gastroenterologists, biofeedback therapists, enterostomal therapy nurses, and gastrointestinal surgeons, and this group has the expertise to treat men and women affected by a wide range of digestive disorders. TGH has been recognized for its care provided to patients with digestive diseases, earning placement among America's Best Hospitals for Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (ranked #24) as well as Best Florida Hospital for Gastroenterology & GI Surgery according to U.S. News & World Report in 2020-2021. Additionally, The Joint Commission also awarded disease-specific certification to our benign esophageal disorders program and pancreatic, hepatic, and biliary cancer programs.