The Hartford HealthCare Women’s GI Health Center provides a comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, surgeries, and treatment for a full range of GI disorders, with specific focus on the following:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Procedures & Treatments
Using a multidisciplinary approach, we determine the best course of treatment to provide the best possible care by using the most up to date GI tools, techniques, and therapies.
Irritable bowel syndrome:
is known as a spastic colon and is often characterized by a change in bowel habits (constipation or diarrhea), chronic abdominal pain, bloating, and discomfort. Although IBS does not predispose to severe illness, symptoms highly affect a patient’s quality of life.
Our treatment plan will be directed to the predominant bowel pattern present whether it be diarrhea or constipation. Medication therapy, a nutrition plan and a visit with our team psychologist can be recommended.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease: is most commonly known as ‘acid reflux’. GERD occurs when liquid content of the stomach backs up into the esophagus and irritates the esophageal lining. Chronic GERD symptoms can damage your esophagus and, if left untreated, can cause more serious digestive disorders such as esophageal cancer. The management of reflux in pregnancy is also important given its increased frequency due to multiple physiologic and hormonal factors – 80% of pregnant women suffer from reflux in their second and third trimesters.
We provide lifestyle/nutritional recommendations that may provide symptom relief without the need for long-term medications. Medical therapy may be required. We also perform endoscopic surveillance for Barrett’s esophagus and provide ablative therapies such as radiofrequency ablation if needed. Our service also includes pH testing which can be done with 24-hr pH-impedance testing or with a 48-hr endoscopically placed Bravo device.
Pelvic Floor dysfunction:
Pelvic floor dysfunction can present as constipation or fecal incontinence. We provide high resolution anorectal manometry which can help identify abnormalities in the mechanism of defecation or an inadequate anal sphincter, which may be amenable to biofeedback therapy or surgical intervention. We also have newer modalities available for the treatment of fecal incontinence including sacral nerve stimulation and injectable preparations like Solesta.
Many of the other procedures we perform include:
- Wireless motility capsule test (SmartPill)
The Wireless Motility Capsule is a wireless pH, temperature, and pressure recording capsule. This novel, valuable ambulatory technique of assessing regional (gastric, small bowel, colonic) and whole-gut transit time without radiation offers a standardized method of identifying normal and slow colonic transit and is recommended as useful by the American Neurogastroenterology & Motility Society. Learn more about the SmartPill
The Women's GI Health Center Surgical Group is a leading provider of comprehensive women's specific surgery. The group is recognized for its expertise, quality personalized care, and experience in the use of leading-edge techniques such as minimally-invasive surgery.
- All laparoscopic and open colon resections including robotic surgery
- Laparoscopic and open rectopexy
- Interstim for incontinence
- Solesta injection for incontinence
- Hemorrhoidal and fissure treatment procedures
- Rectal prolapse repair
- Combination pelvic floor procedure with urogyn and ob/gyn
- Endorectal ultrasonography
- Anorectal manometry
- Rectocele repair
Psychotherapy for the individual, couple, family and care givers
- Group therapy
- Systematic desensitization
Medical Nutrition Therapy for all GI dx i.e. IBS, gastroparesis, Celiac, IBD etc.
Weight loss, diabetes, heart healthy can also be included.
- Esophageal and anorectal manometry
- Biofeedback therapy
Call 1-860-463-1157 for more information or to make an appointment