Atrium Health’s Carolinas HealthCare System Digestive Health merges the latest technological advancements with more than 40 years of experience to prevent, diagnose and treat conditions of the digestive system and related organs.

From colonoscopy screenings to liver transplants, we’re committed not just to delivering better care, but to delivering the very best care. So, you can feel your best and get back to what matters most.

Our digestive health programs include:

  • Gastrointestinal Program We treat various GI conditions and offer diagnostic services like upper GI endoscopy, colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy.
  • Liver Program We provide treatment for a wide range of liver diseases like hepatitis B, cirrhosis and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

At Carolinas HealthCare System Digestive Health, you have access to:

  • A skilled team of specialists, including gastroenterologists, hepatologists, surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, pharmacists, dieticians and social workers
  • Innovative treatment methods, including minimally invasive surgical techniques and ablation therapies (used to destroy abnormal tissue)
  • Breakthrough clinical trials to treat gastrointestinal cancers, motility disorders, and liver and pancreatic diseases

We care for the full spectrum of digestive health conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Esophageal stricture (narrowing and tightening of the esophagus)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Acid reflux, also called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Hiatal hernia (when the stomach bulges into the chest)
  • Gastroparesis (delayed gastric emptying)
  • Colitis, also called ulcerative colitis
  • Colorectal polyps
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Liver diseases
  • Hemorrhoids

Gastrointestinal (GI) Program

We provide evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of GI conditions. Conditions like acid reflux, Crohn's disease and colitis are common. But to avoid complications, it’s best that you get diagnosed and treated as early as possible.

GI diagnostic services include:

  • Upper GI endoscopy: A thin, flexible tube with a camera (endoscope) is inserted down the throat to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach and upper intestine to identify any abnormalities, such as ulcers or tumors.
  • Colonoscopy: During this procedure, the doctor examines the inside of the large intestine (colon and rectum) with a thin, flexible tube with a camera (endoscope). Colonoscopies are used for colorectal cancer screenings as well as to evaluate a wide range of GI symptoms.
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy: This procedure is similar to a colonoscopy, but only the lower part of the colon (rectum and sigmoid colon) is examined for signs of colorectal cancer with a thin, flexible tube with a camera (endoscope).

We provide a variety of treatment approaches, including following a modified diet, taking medication and undergoing minimally invasive surgery. Your customized treatment plan will depend on many variables, such as your condition and medical history.

Colonoscopies Prevent Colon Cancer

Colonoscopies are so important because they can prevent colon cancer (also called colorectal cancer).

Most cases of colon cancer begin as a noncancerous growth, called a polyp, on the inner lining of the colon or rectum.

During a colonoscopy, a doctor can examine the colon for polyps, remove them, and perform a polyp biopsy (removing and testing a sample of tissue) to determine if the growth is cancerous or noncancerous.

When colon cancer is caught in the early stages, it's one of the most curable cancers.

Schedule a colonoscopy appointment: 704-512-6161.

Liver Program

Our diverse team of liver specialists uses the latest technologies and advancements to treat a broad range of liver conditions, including:

Digestive Health Locations

Carolinas HealthCare System Digestive Health
1025 Morehead Medical Drive, Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone: 704-355-4593
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Carolinas HealthCare System Digestive Health-Denver
1585 Forney Creek Parkway, Suite 2350
Denver, NC 28037
Phone: 980-212-4000
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Carolinas HealthCare System Digestive Health-Huntersville
16455 Statesville Road, Suite 360
Huntersville, NC 28078
Phone: 704-801-3011
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Carolinas HealthCare System Digestive Health-Lincoln
441 McAlister Road, Suite 2100
Lincolnton, NC 28092
Phone: 980-212-4000
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Carolinas HealthCare System Digestive Health-Pineville
10502 Park Road, Suite 150
Charlotte, NC 28210
Phone: 704-667-0520
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Carolinas HealthCare System Digestive Health – Medical Center Plaza
Services formally provided by Charlotte Medical Clinic - Medical Center Plaza
1001 Blythe Blvd., Suite 403
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-355-8850
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Carolinas HealthCare System Digestive Health-Museum
3030 Randolph Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
Phone: 704-302-8220
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Carolinas HealthCare System Digestive Health-Northcross
16455 Statesville Road, Suite 200
Huntersville, NC 28078
Phone: 704-801-3011
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Stanly Gastroenterology and Digestive Health Center
923 North Second St., Suite 204
Albemarle, NC 28001
Phone: 704-986-6662
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Endoscopy Center Locations

Carolinas Gastroenterology Center-Ballantyne
15110 John J. Delaney Drive. Suite 120
Charlotte, NC 28277
Phone: 704-512-2140
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Carolinas Gastroenterology Center-Medical Center Plaza
1001 Blythe Blvd., Suite 400
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-355-4178
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Carolina Endoscopy Center - Huntersville
16445 Statesville Road, Suite 114
Huntersville, NC 28078
Phone: 704-237-9290
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Carolina Endoscopy Center - Pineville
10520 Park Road, Suite 105
Charlotte, NC 28210
Phone: 704-927-5757
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Carolinas Medical Center
1000 Blythe Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-355-2000
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Atrium Health Pineville
10628 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28210
Phone: 704-667-1000
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Carolinas Medical Center - Mercy
2001 Vail Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28207
Phone: 704-304-5000
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Carolinas HealthCare System Digestive Health - Lincoln
441 McAlister Road, Suite 2100
Lincolnton, NC 28092
Phone: 980-212-4000
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Stanly Gastroenterology and Digestive Health Center
923 North Second St., Suite 204
Albemarle, NC 28001
Phone: 704-986-6662
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Cleveland Ambulatory Services
1100 N Lafayette St.
Shelby, NC 28150
Phone: 704-482-1331
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East Lincoln Surgery Center
1585 Forney Creek Parkway #1100
Denver, NC 28037
Phone: 704-735-7245
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Your endoscopy appointment will be scheduled after you see a gastroenterologist at one of the above locations.

Liver Treatment Centers Locations

Carolinas HealthCare System Liver Care
10502 Park Road, Suite 110
Charlotte, NC 28210-8490
Phone: 704-667-1550
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Carolinas HealthCare System Liver Care Greenville
126 Milestone Way
Greenville, SC 29615-5065
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Transplant Hepatology
1025 Morehead Medical Drive, Suite 600
Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone: 704-355-6649
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Colonoscopy FAQ's

What is a colonoscopy?
It's a procedure that allows your doctor to examine the inside of the colon to check for abnormalities, such as polyps. During a colonoscopy, a thin, flexible tube (colonoscope) is passed through the rectum into the colon (large intestine). The tube has a tiny camera that allows the doctor to view this area and identify, test or remove any polyps or other abnormalities. Removing polyps helps to prevent colon cancer.

What are polyps in the colon? 
A polyp is a small clump of cells that forms on the lining of the colon. Most colon polyps are noncancerous, but over time some types can become cancerous. Removing polyps is the best way to prevent cancer from developing. Polyps typically don’t cause symptoms, which is why it’s so important to have regular colonoscopy screenings.

When do I need to see a colorectal surgeon? 
If cancerous polyps are suspected and your gastroenterologist determines that colorectal surgery is needed for further diagnosis or to remove cancerous tissue, they’ll refer you to a colorectal surgeon. Learn more about colorectal surgery https://atriumhealth.org/medical-services/specialty-care/surgery/colorectal-surgery.

Is a colonoscopy painful?
Most people choose to be under sedation during the procedure and don’t remember any of it when they wake up. Sometimes people experience a bit of gas pain afterwards from having air inserted into the colon during the procedure, but that’s usually it.

Am I at risk for colon cancer?
Everyone is at risk. Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer in both men and women and is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. You're at higher risk if you:

  • Have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Are between the ages of 45 to 75
  • Have a family history of colon cancer or precancerous polyps

I don’t have symptoms, so I don’t need a colonoscopy, right?
False. Symptoms usually don’t appear until the later stages of colon cancer. But when it’s detected early, colon cancer is one of the easiest cancers to treat. That’s why regular colonoscopy screenings are so important.

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