The stomach is a J-shaped sac connecting the esophagus above and the small intestine below. The stomach varies considerably in size, shape and position but lies in the upper central part of the abdomen behind the lower ribs. Although it is a single organ, multiple parts of the stomach work together to carry out several different functions. It acts as the major storage area for food during a meal and can hold up to 1.5 liters of food and fluid. Disorders of the stomach are extremely common in the United States.
Here are a few of the stomach conditions and diseases we diagnose and/or treat:
Gastritis occurs when the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed or swollen, lasting from a short time to many years.
Gastroparesis is an uncommon disorder where the stomach is unable to empty its contents, but there are no apparent signs of any blockage.
Non-ulcer dyspepsia is a common problem where patients suffer from indigestion and other symptoms suggestive of an ulcer.
Peptic ulcers are a break in the surface lining of the stomach that is deep enough to produce a shallow crater (ulcer) in the wall of the duodenum or, less commonly, the stomach.
Also known as gastric carcinoma, gastric cancer is a cancer that starts in the stomach.