Womens GI Health

Women have unique needs when it comes to gastrointestinal health. While the digestive tracts of men and women function in much the same way, women experience gastrointestinal changes and issues related to hormonal changes, pregnancy, and even menstruation.

Gastrointestinal problems can be particularly embarrassing for women due to societal expectations and mores, and because women are often more self-conscious about their bodies than men.

Yet, while women are more likely to experience gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (1), they’re less likely to seek treatment (2).

GI Specialists of Georgia aims to change this. We believe every woman deserves to be free from the pain, discomfort, and embarrassment that digestive disorders so often cause.

Compassionate GI Care for Women

The skilled physicians at GI Specialists of Georgia understand the unique needs of women when it comes to GI health, and we take a compassionate, sensitive approach to care. We strive to create a judgment-free environment in which our patients feel comfortable sharing their symptoms and concerns, and we empower women with the information they need to make informed decisions about their healthcare.

World-Class Digestive Healthcare Team

Our expert medical team includes respected physicians who specialize in disorders of the digestive tract, liver, and pancreas, as well as physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals. Our female doctors are as listed:

Priti Pandya, M.D.
Judy Oh, M.D.
Madhuri Meka, M.D.
Lauren Shea, M.D.
Kunjal Gandhi, M.D.
Shanil Harkins, M.D.

As the leading gastroenterology provider in northwest Georgia, our priority is providing highly-coordinated, compassionate women’s digestive health care in a patient-centered environment.

Among the most common conditions we treat are:

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Ulcerative colitis
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Inflammatory bowel disease

Crohn’s disease
Colon polyps
Infections (C. difficile, H. pylori, and others)
Pancreatic and gallbladder diseases

Procedures We Offer

Our team offers the following general GI procedures:

  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD): Endoscopic procedure that helps doctors to examine a patient for signs of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and diagnose the cause of swallowing difficulties, nausea, upper GI bleeding, ulcers, and other abnormalities of the upper GI tract.
  • Bravo pH Monitor: Endoscopic procedure that uses a pill-sized capsule to measure pH levels in the esophagus.
  • Capsule Endoscopy: A procedure in which the patient swallows a vitamin-sized capsule that records images of the digestive tract.
  • Esophageal Manometry: Test that measures the rhythmic contractions of the esophagus, which can help uncover the cause of digestive problems.
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy: Endoscopic procedure that allows gastro doctors to see inside the large intestine, from the rectum to the sigmoid or descending colon.
  • Hemorrhoidal Banding: Procedure that uses tiny rubber bands to remove internal hemorrhoids.

Our board-certified advanced endoscopy team offers the following advanced GI procedures:

  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP): Endoscopic procedure that enables physicians to examine the pancreatic and bile ducts.
  • Endoscopic Ultra Sound: Endoscopic procedure that enables doctors to examine the esophageal and stomach linings as well as the walls of the upper and lower GI tracts; this test can also be used to evaluate the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.
  • Cholangioscopy with Spy-Glass DS: An advanced endoscopic method doctors use to see the bile ducts; this procedure is typically only used when an esophagogastroduodenoscopy doesn’t reveal enough.

The Importance of Colon Cancer Screenings

Colorectal cancer (cancer that starts in the colon or rectum) is the third most common cancer in women in the U.S. A woman’s lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is around 1 in 23 (4.4%) (3). Although it’s common, colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable and curable cancers, when detected early.

Colorectal cancer usually begins as small growths, called polyps, on the inner lining of the rectum or colon. Pre-cancerous polyps can become cancerous if left untreated—this is why colon cancer screenings are so important.

Our gastroenterology doctors recommend colonoscopy as the preferred colon cancer screening method. There are several reasons for this. Among them: Colonoscopy is the only test that enables doctors to remove colon polyps along the entire length of the colon. Please call 678-741-2313 to schedule a screening colonoscopy at one of our three endoscopy centers.

We look forward to becoming your trusted gastroenterology provider. GI Specialists of Georgia has eight offices and three endoscopy centers to better serve you. Please visit our locations page to find the office nearest you, or use our contact form.