At the Cirrhosis Program, part of the University of Michigan’s Hepatology Program, our multidisciplinary team provides chronic disease management support for people with cirrhosis, including structured education on disease self-management, and enrollment in a specialty software program that tracks health maintenance, such as screening for hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer).
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Colon and rectal polyps occur in about 25 percent of men and women ages 50 and older. Not all polyps will turn into cancer, and it may take many years for a polyp to become cancerous. Risk factors include a family history of polyps or colon cancer; an inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease; a high-fat, low-fiber diet; tobacco and alcohol use; little exercise; and obesity.
Colon cancer screening saves lives, and the board-certified gastroenterologists at the University of Michigan have performed more than 100,000 colonoscopies in the last 10 years, with U.S. News and World Report ranking our digestive disorders physicians group as the top program in the state of Michigan.
Digestive health at the University of Michigan Health System diagnoses and treats diseases of the gastrointestinal system of the body, including irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's Disease, GERD, liver disease and constipation.
The Gastroenterology Division at the University of Michigan provides specialized diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and services to diagnose and treat patients with a wide variety of gastrointestinal disorders. These services are all provided through the multidisciplinary Medical Procedures Unit, which is located in University Hospital. We perform approximately 15,000 procedures per year.
At the Viral Hepatitis Program, part of the University of Michigan’s Hepatology Program, we provide the latest diagnostic and treatment options, ready access to new therapies for hepatitis B and C through clinical trials, plus physician assistants and nurse practitioners dedicated to assisting patients receiving standard care with access to medications, monitoring of response, and management of side effects.
A liver biopsy is a diagnostic procedure used to determine either the extent of injury in the liver or the cause of liver injury. Liver biopsies are performed by dctors from the University of Michigan, which is ranked best in the state for gastroenterology, according to U.S. News and World Report.
At the University of Michigan multidisciplinary Liver Tumor Program, we offer comprehensive care for patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Cholangiocarcinoma, as well as other primary liver tumors. Patients are provided with a personalized treatment plan that is then coordinated without the confusion of bouncing from one specialist to another.
Hepatology focuses on the liver, the largest organ inside the body. The liver has many important jobs, including changing food into energy, making bile to help with the digestion of food, and getting rid of toxins from the body. At the University of Michigan Hepatology Program, we diagnose and manage the entire range of liver disease. Our mission is to provide innovative, comprehensive, and compassionate care to patients affected by liver diseases, including liver failure, hepatitis, cirrhosis and fatty liver disease.
The University of Michigan Transplant Center is the largest and most experienced transplant center in Michigan, and among the largest in the nation, with 80-100 liver transplants performed each year, We offer services that are not widely available, including liver transplant for cancer of the bile duct and splitting a donor liver, using the smaller portion to transplant a child and the larger portion to transplant an adult.
The PDF links on this page link to material in the University of Michigan Kidney and Liver Transplant Patient Education Guide and allow you to view and print the information from your own computer.
The first step of the liver transplant process is a comprehensive evaluation to determine the patient's suitability for a donor liver.
Make an appointment with an GI or liver specialist (gastroenterologist or hepatologist) at the University of Michigan or call one of our special clinic phone numbers. Call 1-888-229-7408 to get answers to your questions.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a condition of the liver that is characterized by fat accumulation (also known as steatosis) in the liver, occurring in individuals who consume little or no alcohol (equal to or less than two drinks per day in men and one drink per day in women). NAFLD is currently thought to be the most common type of liver disease in both adults and adolescents in the U.S. with rates of up to 25-30% of the U.S. population.
Your gastrointestinal medical care team will depend upon the specific GI condition you are being treated for and often includes doctors with different medical specialties along with other health professionals collaborating to give you the best care possible. This is called a multidisciplinary approach, and at Michigan Medicine, our goal is always to coordinate this multidisciplinary care in a way that is convenient and efficient for you.
A sigmoidoscopy – also called a flexible sigmoidoscopy because of the flexible tube used in the procedure – is an examination of the lower 20 inches of the colon known as the sigmoid colon. Sigmoidoscopies are performed by doctors from the the University of Michigan, ranked best in the state for gastroenterology by U.S. News & World Report.
Upper endoscopy, also known as an esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD, is an exam of the upper gastrointestinal tract, consisting of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, which is the first part of the small intestine. Upper endoscopies are performed by doctors at the University of Michigan, ranked best in the state for gastroenterology by U.S. News & World Report.
Gastroenterology specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal system of the body, which includes the esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, colon and rectum.
Your digestive system is made up of a series of organs that allows your body to get the nutrients and energy it needs from the food we eat. As food travels through the digestive system it is broken down, sorted, and reprocessed before being circulated around the body to nourish and replace cells and supply energy to our muscles. This page includes an animation of the digestive process as well as a description of the various digestive organs and diseases related to them that we treat at the University of Michigan.