When your stomach suffers, so does your appetite. Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist gastroenterologist, Grif Blackard Jr., MD, treats many digestive conditions affecting the esophagus, gallbladder, intestines and other parts of the digestive system. Outpatient endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures are offered at Gastroenterology - Lexington, a service of Lexington Medical Center. 

Common digestive condition symptoms include:

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Chest pain or burning in chest or throat
  • Acid reflux
  • Dry cough or sore throat

Outpatient procedures at Lexington Medical Center:

  • Colonoscopy: an examination of the colon using a soft, flexible fiber-optic instrument through which biopsies and polyp removal can also be performed.
  • EGD (Upper Endoscopy): This procedure uses a soft, flexible fiber-optic instrument to examine the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum; a number of therapies can be performed with this instrument as well
  • Sigmoidoscopy uses a flexible, fiber-optic tube to examine limited portions of the lower colon.