Gastroenterology | Digestive Care
Mid Coast Medical Group-Gastroenterology and the Mid Coast Hospital Digestive Health Center offer the highest quality care for gastrointestinal diseases and conditions. Working in collaboration with the surgeons of Mid Coast Medical Group–Surgical Care, we provide comprehensive gastroenterology care, from state-of-the-art diagnostics to comprehensive treatment options.
- Diagnosis, treatment and prevention of gastrointestinal and liver diseases
- Screening colonoscopy
- Diagnostic & therapeutic endoscopy
- Capsule endoscopy
- pH monitoring
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
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The center takes full advantage of its proximity to the offices of Mid Coast Medical Group-Gastroenterology and its skilled professional team. Surrounded by a peaceful, natural setting; patients receive personalized attention and care from our friendly, professional and experienced care team.
Cancers of the digestive system
Cirrhosis of the liver
Hepatitis B & C
Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome
If you have difficulty swallowing due to a stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, brain tumor, head injury or anoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain and nervous system), you may have dysphagia and require the services of our licensed speech and language pathologist. Dysphagia can result from a defect in any one of the three phases of swallowing. These phases are:
- Oral phase: During the oral phase of swallowing, food is chewed by movement of the lower jaw and teeth. The chewed food forms a soft mass or bolus, which must then be moved by the tongue to the back of the mouth, ready for swallowing. During this phase the lips must be able to maintain a seal to prevent food leaking out of the mouth, and sufficient tension in the cheek muscles to prevent the food from getting caught between the jaw and the cheek. The oral phase of swallowing relies on voluntary muscle action initiated by the person who is eating.
- Pharyngeal phase: The pharyngeal phase of swallowing is a reflex action, in which the food moves through the pharynx. It takes place in less than a second. During this phase, the tongue and the soft palate must work together to prevent food from entering the nasal cavity. Once in the pharynx, the food is pushed down toward the esophagus by the action of the constricting muscles of the pharynx. The larynx (voice box)closes to prevent food from entering the trachea (airway).
- Esophageal phase: This final phase of the swallowing process uses waves of muscle contraction to push the food down the esophagus, through the esophageal-gastric sphincter, and into the stomach. The process of swallowing relies on a host of muscles and nerves in the face, neck and mouth to be successful. A disruption of any part of the process can result in an inability to swallow, leading to an inability to acquire and maintain proper nutrition.
If you or someone you love is affected by a swallowing disorder, call 207-373-6327 to make an appointment with our speech pathologist.
Our endoscopy suite, with modern procedure rooms, is located right next door to Mid Coast Medical Group - Gastroenterology on the third floor of our medical office building. We are conveniently located at 121 Medical Center Drive adjacent to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick.
Our beautiful facility, with works of art and a natural setting, put patients at ease. And our nursing staff provides personal attention and care. They are friendly, professional and highly experienced with advanced degrees and certifications.