Gut and Abdominal Diseases
Sometimes “tummy trouble” is something serious. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, somewhere between 60 million and 70 million Americans suffer from gastrointestinal problems, leading to nearly 250,000 deaths each year.
These conditions are responsible for close to 50 million hospital visits and 21.7 million hospital admissions annually, according to the NDDK. What’s more – treating and managing digestive diseases come with a staggering price tag of more than $141.8 billion to the US healthcare system.
Also known as the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, the digestive system comprises a range of vital digestive organs, including: The mouth, Esophagus, Stomach, Small and large bowels, Rectum, and anus