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EMMI - Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Learning more about the gastrointestinal system and your child's surgical procedure can alleviate some concerns and help reassure you and your child. Take a look at these articles for more information about the digestive system, preparing your child for surgery, and what to expect in the operating room.

Digestive System
Believe it or not, the digestive process starts even before you put food in your mouth. Find out more about the digestive system and how your body breaks down and absorbs the food you eat.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
When symptoms of heartburn or acid indigestion are frequent or can't be attributed to spicy ingredients, it could be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). And it can be a problem for children, even newborns.

Peptic Ulcers
Many people think that spicy foods cause ulcers, but the truth is that bacteria are the main culprit. Read this article to learn more about peptic ulcers.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common intestinal disorder that can cause cramps, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Certain foods can trigger the symptoms of IBS, as can emotional stress, infections, and physical trauma.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory bowel disease refers to two chronic diseases that cause inflammation of the intestines: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Although the diseases have some features in common, there are some important differences.

How to Talk to Your Child's Doctor
Building a relationship with your child's doctor requires communication and reasonable expectations.

Preparing Your Child for Surgery
Adequate preparation can help your child feel less anxious about undergoing surgery. Kids of all ages cope much better when they have an idea of what's going to happen and why it's necessary.

The Real Deal on the Digestive System
Learn how your body breaks down the food you eat in this article about the digestive system.

Have You Heard of GERD?
Be on guard for GERD! Find out about this digestive problem that causes heartburn and other problems in many people.

Ugh! Ulcers
You've probably heard people talk about ulcers, but what are they? Find out in this article for kids.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Having irritable bowel syndrome can make a kid feel awful. The good news is that kids can take steps to feel better.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease
It's normal to get a stomachache once in a while, but some kids have something more serious called inflammatory bowel disease. Find out more about it.

Are Your Bowels Moving?
Some kids feel too embarrassed to talk about the lower parts of their digestive systems — their intestines (bowels). But kids need to know what's normal and what's not, so check out this article.

Going to the Hospital
It may seem scary to go to a hospital, but doctors and nurses are there to help people who are sick or hurt feel better. This article explains what happens inside a hospital.

What Happens in the Operating Room?
Surgeries and operations happen in the operating room, sometimes called the OR. Read all about it.

Digestive System
If you're like most people, you probably think digestion begins when you first put food in your mouth. But the digestive process actually starts even before the food hits your taste buds.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease doesn't just affect older people who eat too much while watching TV. Active, healthy teens can have GERD, too.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
For some people stomachaches and diarrhea are a regular occurrence. Read this article for information on irritable bowel syndrome, a common intestinal disorder that affects the colon.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Just like other organs in your body, the intestines can develop problems or diseases. Inflammatory bowel disease is an ongoing illness caused by an inflammation of the intestines.

Doctors once thought that stress, spicy foods, and alcohol caused most stomach ulcers. But ulcers are actually caused by a particular bacterial infection, by certain medications, or from smoking. Read all about ulcers.

What's It Like to Have Surgery?
Knowing what to expect with surgery before you get to the hospital can make you less anxious about your surgical experience — and less stress helps a person recover faster.