Originally Published in Lancaster County Woman.
Sadiya Cheshty, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist with Regional Gi, understands the challenges of women’s digestive health.
“Women go through life stages and events that uniquely impact their gastrointestinal system,” explains Dr. Cheshty. “Women have more abdominal surgeries than men, including C-sections and hysterectomies. In addition, pregnancies, hormonal fluctuations, and stages of menopause can all impact GI health.”
In fact, research indicates that gastrointestinal (GI) distress is more than twice as common in women as in men, and that females have a greater incidence of complicating factors than males. Digestive disorders, such as reflux, constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating can disrupt and interfere with the daily activities and quality of life of many women.
To provide a more comprehensive and compassionate approach to expert healthcare, Regional Gi is providing women’s digestive health services at the (new) Lancaster General Health Women’s Specialty Center to help women find relief from gastrointestinal distress and restore digestive health in a supportive and comforting environment.
As an independent practice, Regional Gi is collaborating with Lancaster General Health and other providers in this new Women’s Specialty Center. The differentiating point of this center is that it is a unique specialty center exclusively for women, and the staff and providers are all women. In addition to Dr. Cheshty, healthcare will be provided at the center by a female cardiologist, female internal medicine physicians, and other female providers. The Women’s Specialty Center will have a multidisciplinary approach to care.
As she encourages Lancaster-area women to schedule proactive screenings and adopt healthy lifestyles promoting wellness and prevention, Dr. Cheshty notes: “Women are getting more in touch with their GI health, and there is a real need for women to have a place to go for digestive disorders.”
In addition to the new and existing patients Dr. Cheshty will see at the women’s center, patients continue to have the option to see her, or any of the other 14 Regional Gi gastroenterologists—at the other three Regional Gi sites at the Health Campus, on Oregon Pike in Brownstown, and in Elizabethtown.
With patient-care excellence as the driving force at Regional Gi, providing care at the new Women’s Specialty Center is yet one more way this practice makes patients feel comfortable as they are treated with dignity and compassion.