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Neurogastroenterology Diseases Program

The Neurogastroenterology Diseases Program at Houston Methodist Lynda K. and David M. Underwood Center for Digestive Disorders improves the health and lifestyles of patients suffering from gastrointestinal disorders caused by common and rare conditions. These include diabetes and scleroderma (hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues), as well as a group of very common disorders that affect the function of the gut (called functional gastrointestinal disorders), such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

 
Neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, also can affect gastrointestinal tract nerves, as well as muscles involving the esophagus, stomach, colon, small intestine and other parts of the digestive tract.
 

Neurogastroenterology Diseases Our Experts Treat 

  • Achalasia – difficulty passing food and liquid into the stomach
  • Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction – a rare, phantom physical blockage that feels real
  • Constipation – infrequent bowel movements causing hard, dry stools
  • Diabetes – high blood sugar preventing breakdown of food into energy
  • Difficult defecation – difficulty pooping, leading to constipation
  • Diverticulosis and diverticulitis – bulges in the colon wall that can cause swelling and pain
  • Dysphagia – problems swallowing
  • Dyspepsia – indigestion
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis – allergic condition in the esophagus
  • Fecal incontinence – inability to control bowel movements
  • Food intolerance – prevents breakdown of certain foods due to sensitivity
  • Functional heartburn – symptoms of heartburn without actual exposure to acid
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease – also called GERD, severe and ongoing acid reflux
  • Gastroparesis – prevents proper stomach emptying
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Scleroderma – hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues
 

Why Choose Houston Methodist for Gastroenterology?

Our specialists want to see patients thrive — not just cope — and recommend an appointment if you or your doctor has any GI concerns. We work with primary care physicians to manage the everyday, overall health of GI patients.

 

Houston Methodist Hospital is ranked No. 8 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for Gastroenterology & GI surgery. U.S. News & World Report has also named Houston Methodist Hospital the No. 1 hospital in Texas every year since the award began and one of the nation’s best as a nationally ranked Honor Roll hospital. In addition, Houston Methodist Hospital is ranked No. 9 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for Diabetes & Endocrinology Care.

Patients Experience an Improved Quality of Life

Patients from Texas and around the country travel to our center for treatment. Many have suffered for years from conditions that prevented them from working and reduced the quality of their lives.
 
Eamonn Quigley, David M. Underwood Chair of Medicine in Digestive Disorders, had a patient tell him, “You’re my last hope, Doctor.” “We can help them,” he said. “A lot of them are people who have tried a lot of things. They’ve tried over-the-counter stuff. They’ve tried alternative routes and diets. Nothing works. If you listen to people and really care for them, you can make a difference.”

Advanced Technology and Treatment Plans

Our physicians have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic technology to assess and effectively treat gastrointestinal patients. Our clinicians and scientists work to advance discoveries of innovative and personalized treatments.
 
We also partner with referring physicians to maintain the primary patient-physician relationship and ensure seamless return to care following successful completion of treatment. 
 
Our staff, including gastroenterologists, gastrointestinal surgeons, neurologists, rheumatologists and other medical specialists as well as dietitians and psychologists, provide the best diagnostic and therapeutic options for all disorders.
 

What Patients Can Expect to Receive