What is gastrointestinal bleeding? Loss of blood from the digestive tract.

Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is a symptom of digestive system disorders. The digestive tract extends from the mouth to the anus. Bleeding can occur in any part of the digestive system, ranging from mild spotting to life-threatening hemorrhage.

What are the symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding?

  • Dark, Tarry Stools
  • Bright Red or Maroon-Colored Stools
  • Vomiting Blood
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Weakness or Fatigue
  • Dizziness or Light-headedness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Shortness of Breath

Who does gastrointestinal bleeding affect?

Most bleeding from the lower digestive tract is due to benign disorders such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fistulae or skin disorders. A trained physician must evaluate symptoms to ensure a more serious cause of bleeding is ruled out. These may include colorectal cancers, intestinal polyps, diverticular disease, or radiation-related changes.

Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding can affect individuals of all ages but is more commonly observed in elderly individuals, those with gastrointestinal conditions, heavy alcohol consumers, and chronic NSAID users.

If you’re facing the discomfort and challenges of gastrointestinal bleeding, it’s time to find relief. We invite you to seek the empathetic support, personalized diagnostics, and advanced treatment options available at West Island Colorectal Clinic.

Your well-being is our foremost priority!

Dr. Christian Zalai talks about our specialized treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding. With a dual board-certification in colorectal surgery he offers a compassionate approach and personalized treatment plans.

Colonoscopy A diagnostic and potential therapeutic tool

A colonoscopy can serve preventive, diagnostic, or therapeutic purposes—often fulfilling all three roles. This procedure involves examining the interior of your large intestine (colon) and is useful for diagnosing gastrointestinal diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer.

How is gastrointestinal bleeding treated?

At our clinic, we offer a diverse range of treatments tailored to meet your unique needs. Our colorectal surgeons will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.

Anorectal evaluation – anoproctoscopy

An anoproctoscopy is a procedure where a doctor examines the lower rectum with a special scope called an anoproctoscope.


Flexible sigmoidoscopy (or “short colonoscopy”)

Flexible sigmoidoscopy, also known as "short colonoscopy," is a medical procedure in which a flexible tube fitted with a camera is used to examine the rectum and the lower part of the colon.


Friendly, personalized service and expert advice

West Island Colorectal Clinic is your trusted destination for expert care and treatment of rectal and colorectal conditions. Our experienced specialists and state-of-the-art facilities ensure customized solutions for your unique needs. Gain access to compassionate, effective treatment in a judgment-free space.

Struggling with colon or rectal issues?

Let the experts at West Island Colorectal Clinic guide you through personalized diagnostics and treatment options tailored to your needs.

We ensure that every patient feels heard, respected, and cared for and aim to make your journey to better colorectal health a collaborative, supportive, and positive experience.