Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

The specialty of Gastroenterology and Hepatology diagnoses and treats disorders of the digestive system, which is made up of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, liver, pancreas and biliary system. With advanced technology, an experienced staff, and a complete continuum of services, Summit Pacific offers sensitive, patient-friendly, and understanding care. We are able to treat minors who are age 15 and older who weigh at least 110 pounds or 50 kilograms.

Currently appointments are by referral only, to patients of Summit Pacific’s primary care clinics. If you are a current patient, please make an appointment with your primary care provider to discuss your gastrointestinal concerns by calling 360-346-2222. If needed, your provider can refer you to our Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department who will call you directly to schedule an appointment.

Learn more about the services provided by Summit Pacific’s Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department.

Gastrointestinal Disorders Treated:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Swallowing problems & esophageal motility disorders
  • Barrett’s Esophagus
  • Celiac disease
  • Biliary tract disorders (including gallstones & bile duct problems)
  • Colon cancer screening
  • Colorectal polyps (including removal of large > 2 cm colon polyps)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis)
  • Constipation & diarrhea
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Diverticular disease
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Rectal pain & bleeding
  • Liver disorders
  • Pancreatic disorders

Procedures Available at Summit Pacific

  • Colonoscopy
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) of large colon polyps
  • Gastrointestinal stricture dilatation
  • Push enteroscopy
  • PEG/PEG placement
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Liver biopsy
  • Tissue sampling (biopsies throughout the GI tract)

Preparing for your Colonoscopy

It is important to follow the colonoscopy prep instructions carefully and not skip any steps. Otherwise, you may not be cleaned out adequately, may require additional preparation, and your colonoscopy may need to be rescheduled.

Patient Educational Materials

Sedation Information

  • American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology– All About Anesthesia
    • GI Procedures at SPMC are done under moderate sedation for your safety and comfort.
    • Prior to procedures, patients meet with the doctor doing the procedure and the anesthesia provider to ask any questions and review the plan of care.
    • Please do not plan to drive, work, or conduct any major transactions following any type of sedation.
    • Most patients will not remember any part of the procedure, and most will recover quickly enough to resume their normal diet and go on with light activity for the rest of the day.
  • Speak Up: Anesthesia and Sedation (English)
  • SpeakUp: Anestesia y Sedacion (Spanish)