Treatments & Services

The Digestive Healthcare Center offers the latest treatments and comprehensive, coordinated care for all types of digestive diseases.

Treatment Programs

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  • Barrett's Esophagus Treatment Center

    The multidisciplinary Barrett’s Esophagus Treatment Center at Massachusetts General Hospital provides comprehensive care, from endoscopic diagnosis to minimally invasive treatment, for Barrett’s esophagus.

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  • Celiac Disease Program

    The Celiac Disease Program at Massachusetts General Hospital brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts that collaborate with patients with celiac disease to co-create health.

  • Colorectal Center

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    The Colorectal Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center offers comprehensive detection, treatment and management options for patients with acute and chronic colorectal conditions.

  • Crohn's and Colitis Center

    The Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center’s Crohn’s and Colitis Center is one of the few comprehensive, multidisciplinary programs in New England dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

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  • Liver Center

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    Massachusetts General Hospital Liver Center specialists are authorities in the diagnosis and management of all forms of acute and chronic liver disease.

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  • Pancreas and Biliary Center

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    The Pancreas and Biliary Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center provides patients with specialized options for the detection, diagnosis, treatment and management of pancreatic and biliary diseases.

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  • Swallowing and Heartburn Center

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    The Swallowing and Heartburn Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center provides both primary treatment and second opinion evaluations for throat, esophagus and stomach disorders.

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  • Weight Center

    The Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center is a fully integrated center within the Digestive Healthcare Center that supports the spectrum of needs for people of all ages seeking help with obesity and weight loss.

Tests & Procedures

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  • Adjustable Gastric Banding

    Adjustable gastric banding (AGB) is a weight loss surgery performed by bariatric surgeons at the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center in which a band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach, reducing food intake.

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  • Colonoscopy

    Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center physicians use a colonoscopy, the primary and most effective screening technique, to screen patients age 50 to 75 for colorectal cancer.

  • Cryotherapy Treatment for Barrett's Esophagus

    Cryotherapy is an FDA-approved endoscopic technique used by specialists at the Massachusetts General Hospital Barrett’s Esophagus Treatment Center to treat Barrett’s esophagus.

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  • Double-Contrast Barium Enema (DCBE)

    To detect abnormal growths, such as polyps, clinicians at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center use a double-contrast barium enema (DCBE), which involves injecting fluid called barium, followed by air, into the rectum.

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  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection

    Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) is a specialized endoscopic technique used by gastroenterologists at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center to diagnose and remove large areas of early gastrointestinal cancers.

  • Esophagectomy

    Esophagectomy is performed by surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital as both a minimally invasive and standard open procedure to remove a diseased esophagus and reconstruct the gastrointestinal tract.

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  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

    To look at the inside of the rectum and part of the colon for cancer or polyps, Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center physicians use a procedure called a sigmoidoscopy.

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  • Laparoscopic Liver Resection

    Laparoscopic liver resection is a minimally invasive procedure performed by surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital to remove a benign or cancerous liver mass.

  • LINX® Reflux Management System Treatment Option

    LINX® Reflux Management System is an innovative minimally invasive procedure used by Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons to treat appropriately selected patients experiencing symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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  • Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM)

    Per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is a minimally invasive procedure used by surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital to treat eligible patients experiencing symptoms of achalasia.

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  • Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment for Barrett's Esophagus

    Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is an FDA-approved endoscopic technique used by specialists at the Massachusetts General Hospital Barrett’s Esophagus Treatment Center to treat Barrett’s esophagus.

  • Revision for Weight Loss Surgery

    Revisional weight loss surgery is performed by bariatric surgeons at the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center to redo or convert a prior weight loss procedure.

  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

    Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is performed by bariatric surgeons at the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center to reduce the size of the stomach and encourage weight loss in patients who are obese.

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  • Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

    Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used by the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center to diagnose conditions in the esophagus, stomach and beginning of the small intestine.

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  • Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

    Regularly performed by surgeons at the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center, the vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) is a weight loss procedure that reduces the size of the stomach.

  • Virtual Colonoscopy

    Clinicians at the Massachusetts General Hospital Digestive Healthcare Center offer virtual colonoscopy, a leading-edge screening technique that detects colon cancer or polyps.

Patient Education

  • Crohn's and Colitis Support Group

    The Crohn's and Colitis Support Group is sponsored by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and held at Massachusetts General Hospital. The group is an informal resource to share stories, gather support and learn about coping. Friends and family members are welcome to attend.

  • Gluten-Free Dietary Guidelines

    Massachusetts General Hospital nutritionists offer gluten-free dietary guidelines for patients with celiac disease.

  • Ostomy Support Group

    We welcome patients with a new or existing colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy, and their family and friends, to monthly meetings of the Massachusetts General Hospital Ostomy Support Group.

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