Welcome to the Digestive Health Institute of Montana
The Digestive Health Institute is the largest gastrointestinal (GI) medical group in Montana and a regional destination for high-value GI health care. Our adult and pediatric gastroenterology specialists treat a full range of simple to complex GI conditions, including:
- Indigestion, gas and bloating
- Colon and rectal cancer screening*
- Heartburn, acid reflux and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
- Family history of gastrointestinal cancers
- Trouble swallowing (dysphagia)
- Stomach and small bowel cancers
- Nausea and vomiting
- Liver problems (hepatitis and cirrhosis)
- Diarrhea (acute and chronic)
- Gallstones, gallbladder disorders, biliary tract disorders
- Pancreatitis, pancreatic cysts and pancreatic cancer
- Abdominal pain
- Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer
- Rectal bleeding
- Celiac disease and nutritional problems
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
*The American Cancer Society recommends colorectal cancer screening for people age 50 and older. If you have a family history of colon cancer, earlier screening is recommended. Talk with your doctor about the best screening options for you.
June is Men's Health Month
On average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women, according to Men’s Health Network. Why? Men make half as many physician visits for prevention and are 3 to 4 times less likely to see a doctor for gastrointestinal-related problems than women (Centers for Disease Control).
The Digestive Health Institute of Montana encourages men to take charge of their digestive health:
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- Get screened for colorectal cancer if you are between the ages of 50 and 75 (earlier if you have a family history of colorectal cancer).
- Talk to your doctor if you have frequent digestive symptoms such as abdominal pain and discomfort, gas and bloating, changes in bowel habits, chronic constipation, diarrhea, nausea and/or vomiting, feeling full after eating very little, urgency, sensation of incomplete emptying after a bowel movement, heartburn or acid indigestion, pain or difficulty swallowing, chronic cough, or dental erosion and bad breath.
- Adopt healthy habits for preventing GI disorders.