Blair Gastro accepts most major health insurances, and accept payment in the form of cash, personal checks, Visa and MasterCard.

Insurance & Payment

We accept most major health insurances, and accept payment in the form of cash, checks, money orders, Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express.

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Procedure Preparation

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Blair Gastroenterology Associates
Diagnosing & Treating Digestive Organ Disease

At Blair Gastroenterology Associates we specialize in educating, preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the digestive organs. The digestive organs include the esophagus, stomach, small Intestine, colon, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. We are conveniently located in Altoona, Pennsylvania and offer a full range of services from office visits to specialty services. Our on-site ambulatory surgical facility permits patients to have procedures completed in-house without needing to travel to the hospital. We are the premier Gastroenterology facility between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg and are proud to offer our region exceptional, personalized, compassionate care.

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Understanding The gastrointestinal System
Please click on the organ of your choice for more information.

Learn more about the stomach in the gastrointestinal system

The Stomach

The stomach is a J shaped expanded bag, located just left of the midline between the esophagus and small intestine. It is divided into four main regions and has two borders called the greater and lesser curvatures. The stomach is where digestion of protein begins.

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Common Diseases

Common Symptoms

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Acid Reflux
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Recurring Hiccups
Learn more about the esophagus in the gastrointestinal system

The Esophagus

The esophagus, commonly known as the food pipe or gullet, is a muscular tube through which food and saliva pass from the mouth to the stomach. There are many problems that can occur in the esophagus, so if you feel you are experiencing any of these disorders or diseases, it is extremely important to seek immediate treatment.

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Common Diseases

Common Symptoms

  • Acid Reflux
  • Chest Discomfort
  • Chest Pain
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Frequent Heartburn
Learn more about the liver in the gastrointestinal system

The Liver

The liver is a large glandular organ located on the right side of the abdomen. The liver’s main functions include processing nutrients from food, producing bile to aid in digestion, and filtering toxins and waste from the bloodstream. There are many problems that can occur with the liver, so if you feel you are experiencing any of these diseases or disorders, it is extremely important to seek medical treatment.

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Common Diseases

Common Symptoms

  • Abdominal Discomfort
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Jaundice
Learn more about the pancreas in the gastrointestinal system

The Pancreas

The pancreas is a glandular organ, about six inches in length that sits behind the stomach across the back of the abdomen. It is a gland producing several important hormones, including insulin, glucagon, somatostatin, and pancreatic polypeptide. The pancreas is also a digestive organ that secretes enzymes that assist digestion and absorption of nutrients in the small intestine.

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Common Diseases

Common Symptoms

  • Abdominal Discomfort or Tenderness
  • Diarrhea
Learn more about the gallbladder in the gastrointestinal system

The Gallbladder

The gallbladder is a small organ where bile (a fluid produced by the liver) is stored and concentrated before it is released into the small intestine. There are many problems that can occur with the gallbladder, so if you feel you are experiencing any of these disorders or diseases, it is extremely important to seek medical treatment. Contact the experts at Blair Gastroenterology Associates today to schedule an appointment.

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Common Diseases

Common Symptoms

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Indigestion
  • Jaundice
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stool changes
  • Urine changes
  • Vomiting
Learn more about the colon in the gastrointestinal system

The Colon

Colon or large intestine is a long tube that runs from the stomach to the anus and is the last part of the gastrointestinal tract and of the digestive system. The purpose of the colon is to convert digested food into feces after the nutrients have been removed.

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Common Diseases

Common Symptoms

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Involuntary Bowel Movements
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Discomfort
  • Rectal Pain
Learn more about the small-intestine in the gastrointestinal system

The Small Intestine

The small intestine or small bowel is a winding tube that connects the stomach to the large intestine and is where most of the end absorption of food takes place.

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Common Diseases

Common Symptoms

  • Abdominal Distention
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of Appetite

Meet Our Board Certified Gastroenterologists

Blair Gastroenterology Associates employs 7 board certified doctors who not only excel in their field of study, but are caring and compassionate and strive to help each and every patient by offering personalized care and support, and by educating patients about lifestyle changes and prevention as well as treatment options.

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Allegheny Regional Endoscopy State of the Art Surgical Facility in Centeral PA

Allegheny Regional Endoscopy State of the Art Surgical Facility

Allegheny Regional Endoscopy, accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, is a state of the art facility licensed in the State of Pennsylvania as an Ambulatory Surgical Facility specializing in endoscopic procedures (EGD and Colonoscopy).

Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

Upper endoscopy enables the gastroenterologist to look inside the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine). Upper endoscopy is also called an EGD, which stands for esophagogastroduodenoscopy. The procedure can be performed to determine the reason for swallowing difficulties, nausea, vomiting, reflux, bleeding, indigestion, abdominal pain or chest pain.

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colonoscopy (COLO)

A colonoscopy allows the gastroenterologist to look inside the entire colon. The procedure enables the gastroenterologist to see things such as inflamed tissue, abnormal growths and ulcers. It also permits the physician to biopsy tissue and to remove polyps. It is most often used to look for early signs of cancer in the colon and rectum. It is also used to look for causes of unexplained changes in bowel habits and to evaluate symptoms such as abdominal pain, rectal bleeding and weight loss.

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Blair Gastroenterology Clinics

Blair Gastro offers premier service and specializes in treating some of the most complicated gastrointestinal diseases. With 7 in house physicians, Blair Gastro’s board certified gasteroenterologists offer experience and expertise when diagnosing and treating disease. Trust your health to the best doctors in the area and contact Blair Gastro today to schedule an appointment.

Providing Outstanding Gastroenterology Services to the Community

Blair Gastro is conveniently located in Central Pennsylvania and serves patients throughout multiple counties.

  • Bedford County
  • Blair County
  • Cambria County
Blair Gastro is conveniently located in Central Pennsylvania and serves patients throughout multiple counties.
  • Centre County
  • Clearfield County
  • Huntingdon County

Please Note:
All inquiries of a medical nature should be made by calling the office
phone number (814-946-5469) during normal business hours.