Transverse Colon

The transverse colon is the large part of the colon that attaches the ascending colon to the descending colon. It forms the longest part of the colon and is one of the most important components, helping food make the journey... Read more


The stomach is a muscular organ located on the left side of the upper abdomen that receives food from the esophagus. As food reaches the end of the esophagus, it enters the stomach through a muscular valve called the lower... Read more


The rectum is about eight inches long, and it’s function is to keep bowel waste in place until you are ready to go to the bathroom. It connects to the sigmoid colon and to the anal canal. Common rectum and... Read more

Pancreatic Duct

The pancreatic duct joins the pancreas to the common bile duct, supplying the pancreatic juices to aid in digestion. Common pancreatic duct disorders Pancreatitis Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a large gland behind the stomach... Read more


The pancreas is the oblong gland behind your abdomen (between your stomach and spine). The pancreas helps produce juices that break down food and hormones to control blood sugar levels. Common pancreas disorders Cystic fibrosis Cystic fibrosis is a genetic... Read more


The liver is the largest organ inside your body sitting just under your rib cage on the right side of your abdomen. The liver helps the other digestive organs to digest, absorb and process food; it also helps get rid... Read more


Ileum is the lowest part of the small intestine, the word ileum means twisted. When the small intestine is obstructed the ileum is twisted. Common ileum disorders Crohn’s disease Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that usually affects the... Read more


The gallbladder is a small pouch, pear-shaped organ that sits under the liver in the upper abdomen. It stores bile produced by the liver. When food is being broken down in the stomach and intestines, bile is released from the... Read more


The esophagus is the tube that carries food, liquids and saliva from your mouth to the stomach. Common esophagus disorders: Achalasia Achalasia is a rare disorder of the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach (esophagus), which... Read more


The duodenum is located between the stomach and the middle part of the small intestine. After food mixes with stomach acid, it moves into the duodenum where it mixes with bile from the gallbladder and digestive juices from the pancreas.... Read more

Descending Colon

The descending colon passes through the upper back of the abdomen along the left side of the kidney. Read more

Common Bile Duct

Bile is made by the liver to help with digestion.  Bile is stored in the gallbladder and then carried out of the body through bile ducts.  When the bile duct is blocked, waste builds up in the liver causing problems... Read more


The colon, called the large intestine is divided into four parts, the ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon and the sigmoid colon.   The colon removes water, salt and nutrients forming the stool. Common colon disorders: Colitis Colitis is caused by... Read more


The cecum is the beginning of the large intestine, a big pouch that receives waste from the small intestine, then the cecum passes it on to the colon. Common cecum disorders: Fistulas A fistula is an abnormal passageway between two... Read more

Ascending Colon

The ascending colon is the first section of the large intestine, connected to the small intestine by a section of the bowel called the cecum.  It runs through the abdominal cavity up towards the transverse colon. Read more


The appendix sits at the junction of the small intestine and large intestine. It’s a thin tube about four inches long. The function of the appendix is unknown but the theory is that the appendix acts as a storehouse for... Read more


The anus is the opening of the rectum through which the body passes solid waste (feces) out of your body. It consists of two sections the anal canal and the anus.  The anal canal is a long structure that lies... Read more


Welcome to the Florida Digestive Health Specialist patient education website. I’m GIA, your gastrointestinal advocate, helping you become informed about all of your gastrointestinal health-related issues. The patient educational tool works by clicking on the organ/image to learn more information.... Read more