Innovating Healthcare for Patients
Whether you require weight loss surgery, specialized liver disease care, or you’re dealing with general digestive issues, the gastroenterology team at Ochsner Baton Rouge is there for you.
We offer both outpatient and inpatient gastroenterology services and a wide range of screening, diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures including advanced therapeutic endoscopy. Also, we offer an incisionless weight loss solution in the form of bariatric endoscopy and endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty.
At Ochsner, your digestive care will be in the hands of a diverse practice group offering specialized care in the areas of general gastroenterology as well as inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease and bariatrics.
Ochsner Health in Baton Rouge is affiliated with the Ochsner Health Liver Transplant Center in New Orleans, which allows for access to a hepatology team and ease of transition of care for diagnosis and management of complex liver disorders.
Ochsner also comprises a multidisciplinary network of supporting specialties including colorectal surgery, general surgery, interventional radiology, hematology-oncology and nutrition services within the network.
Our department is using the newest endoscopic equipment including Olympus 190 endoscopes and the latest updated software for our manometry, pH impedance and video capsule endoscopy programs which helps us to provide the highest quality care for our patients.
Appointments: Online or In-Person
Online or in-person, Ochsner is here to care for you and your family. If you have delayed scheduling an appointment due to COVID-19, now is the time to schedule. Your health is our priority. With new safety and screening measures in place, we are now scheduling appointments and procedures that are time-sensitive and were postponed by COVID-19.
MyOchsner Virtual Visits
For some visits, we may be able to move your appointment to a video visit through MyOchsner. Your care team may reach out to you if this is appropriate for your visit.
A virtual or video visit is a secure video appointment with your provider via your smartphone or tablet. This allows patients to conduct a traditional office visit with their provider electronically through their MyChart app without leaving home or work.
If an in-person visit is required, you can rest easy knowing that Ochsner Health is taking extra steps to make your comfort and safety our top priority. For full information, visit: ochsner.org/coronavirus/safe
In addition to our existing ongoing safety procedures, we’ve added new measures to help keep you well.
- Providing masks and temperature checks for all patients and providers. Masks are required to be worn while on-site at all Ochsner facilities.
- Many locations now offering mobile check-in and curbside arrival. Check in from your phone and wait in your car.
- Organizing our locations to allow for social distancing
- Adding additional hand sanitizer stations
- Regularly cleaning and sanitizing all public areas
- Redesigning our facilities to align with social barriers and patient safety efforts
- Eliminating lines at screening areas, appointment check-in, food service and elevators with social distancing stickers and signage to keep patients and employees safe
- Reducing the number of patients and staff allowed in elevators and restrooms
- Maintaining our current visitor policy to reduce the risk for our patients
If you’re not sure about diagnosis or procedure, we encourage you to come in for second opinion from an Ochsner physician. We’re here to help.
To make an appointment, go to my.ochsner.org or call 225-761-5200. Our clinic navigator will make sure you see the person you need to see and help expedite your appointment. We accept all major insurances.
Baton Rouge Locations
Meet The Team
We have a fully integrated medical care team that consists of fellowship-trained, board-certified physicians who are pros in gastroenterology. You’ll be treated in a cutting-edge facility by a strong, multi-disciplinary team of endoscopists, nutritionists, obesity medicine specialists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive health disorders, colon cancer screenings, bariatrics and weight loss and chronic liver disease.
- Aldo J. Russo, MD, Regional Medical Director
- Angela Nusloch, MD, Endoscopy Labs Medical Director
- Gia Tyson, MD, Head of Hepatology, The Liver Center Baton Rouge
- Kayla Sliman, MD, Section Head, Gastroenterology
- George W. Howard III, MD
- Nazneen Hussain, MD
- Abdulhameed Al-Sabban, MD
- Donnesha Clayton, MD
Endoscopic Bariatric Program
For people interested in weight loss or struggling with obesity, we offer the latest and best to help with weight loss with incisionless (no scar) weight loss procedures. These include endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, transoral gastric outlet reduction and intragastric balloons.
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is a new treatment that has proven success for weight loss.
We offer comprehensive care for weight loss. Our team includes an endoscopist, a dietitian, an obesity medicine specialist and a physical therapist. We offer the best treatment options and have experience for treating obesity.
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty is for obese patients who are not candidates for bariatric surgery based on body mass index (BMI) criteria. It is also an option for anyone who fears going under the knife for weight loss surgery as this is incisionless and is minimal risk.
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty, also known as the accordion procedure, is performed endoscopically without any incisions or scars. It is performed by inserting a suturing device through the mouth into the stomach to decrease its size. This limits the amount of food that can be eaten.
Expected weight loss of up to 12% to 20 % of body weight is seen in the first year.
Because any weight-loss procedure involves a commitment to change to a healthier lifestyle, we have registered dietitians on staff that you can speak with to ensure long-term success. After your procedure, our team will monitor your progress.
Endoscopic transoral gastric outlet reduction. Transoral gastric outlet reduction (TORe) is offered for patients who had undergone previous surgical gastric bypass and have regained weight because of the gastric pouch outlet increasing in size and would like to lose the regained weight.
This is a minimally invasive procedure to help anyone who has regained weight after a gastric bypass surgery. The connection between the stomach pouch and the small intestine can expand after a gastric bypass and this can lead weight regain.
The procedure is a minimally invasive. It decreases the opening of the stomach pouch connection to the small intestine leading to further weight loss. It is performed by endoscopy, meaning there are no incisions or scars. A suturing device is attached to the endoscope (camera) and with it the opening is sutured to make it smaller.
The procedure requires a diet and lifestyle change commitment to ensure long term weight loss and success. The registered dietitians on our team can help guide you through your weight loss journey.
Liver Center Baton Rouge
The Ochsner Liver Center in Baton Rouge is the only dedicated liver center in the Baton Rouge region. We are committed to providing high-level specialized care for chronic liver disease patients in our community.
- At Ochsner Baton Rouge, you are getting the best care. Gia Tyson, MD is the only provider in the Baton Rouge region who specializes in liver disease and takes care of complex liver patients, often receiving referrals from around Louisiana.
Ochsner is home to Gia Tyson, MD, who specializes in liver disease and takes care of complex liver patients.
Your health is our priority. Our expert liver specialists, radiologist, pathologists and surgeons are experts and are experienced. We have done the most liver transplants in the country for at least the past five years. We work together like a family, and we take care of patients like they are a part of our family, ensuring the best care possible.
The Liver Center Baton Rouge has the latest technology to evaluate your liver. Fibroscan allows patients to have their liver assessed for scarring and fat present. This technology is non-invasive, as painless as an ultrasound, and can often avoid the need for a liver biopsy.
We offer a multidisciplinary approach to provide complex procedures related to liver disease. Working closely with our Radiology colleagues, we offer TIPS placement for advanced liver cirrhosis and associated complications. Advanced local therapies for liver cancer, such as chemoembolization and radioembolization are also offered.
We offer treatments for all types of liver diseases, including treatment for hepatitis C, hepatitis B, autoimmune liver disease, liver failure, liver transplantation (in conjunction with Ochsner Health in New Orleans) and treatment of liver cancer.
Louisiana Department of Health HepCured Initiative
The Liver Center Baton Rouge is working with the Louisiana Department of Health’s HepCured Initiative designed to eliminate hepatitis C in the state. The Liver Center’s Dr. Gia Tyson is the clinical expert on the state’s initiative and has been training providers around the state on how to treat hepatitis C. Dr. Tyson is considered an expert in the field of liver disease.
We provide advanced treatment options. Conditions we treat include:
- Anemia caused by GI blood loss
- Peptic Ulcer Disease
- Trouble Swallowing
- Esophageal Strictures
- Barrett’s Esophagus
- Abdominal pain
- GERD/acid reflux disease
- Celiac Sprue
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis
- Pancreas and gallbladder disorders
- Disorders of the bile duct and the pancreas, large colon polyps, strictures of the digestive tract.
- Abnormal liver tests
- Advanced liver disease including cirrhosis
- NASH/fatty liver disease
- Hepatitis C
- Hepatitis B
- Pre-transplant liver care
- Liver cancer
Ochsner Baton Rouge Gastroenterology offers a variety of procedures to treat patients using cutting-edge technology.
General Gastroenterology Procedures:
- Botox injection
- Stent Placement
- Food Impaction Removal
- Foreign Body Removal
- Variceal Banding and Ligation
- Small Bowel Enteroscopy
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
- pH Impedance 24-hour and 48-hour Wireless (Bravo) Testing
- High Resolution Esophageal Manometry
- Pillcam (video capsule) endoscopy
- Fecal Microbiota Transplantation
Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopic Procedures:
- Endoscopic Ultrasound
- Fine Needle Aspiration
- Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD)
- Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)
- Esophageal, Small Bowel and Colonic Stent Placement
- Bariatric Endoscopy
- Coming soon:
- Single and double balloon enteroscopy
- Barrx RFA for Barrett’s Esophagus
Patient Prep Instructions
Baton Rouge Patients (Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge)
Instructions for Colonoscopy Prep
- Golytely Split
- Halflytely Split
- Miralax Prep
- Three Day Prep for Colonoscopy
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
- Nulytely Split
- Suprep Prep
Instructions for General Endoscopy and Upper Endoscopy
Prep Instructions for Heartburn Center