Gastroenterology is the study of diseases of the digestive tract. This includes everything from the mouth to the esophagus stomach and small and large intestines, as well as the pancreas and liver. It involves treating conditions such as hepatitis, pancreatitis, reflux ulcers, and inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. It’s also a procedure in which we can use endoscopy, a tool using scopes to do things like reducing the chances of colon cancer by doing screening colonoscopies.
What does a Gastroenterologist treat?
Basically, it treats diseases from the esophagus swallowing tube, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. The most typical patients that we treat in the RPS hospital include evaluation for colorectal cancer screening, very commonly for heartburn, indigestion, stomach pains, gallbladder or gallstone problems, blood in the stool, diarrhea, constipation, other diseases of the intestines, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
A patient will come to us who is already having preliminary symptoms, such as acid reflux or diarrhea at which point we’ll come in and do a full history and physical with them. A one-on-one consultation goes over all their symptoms in detail, reviews their medical records from their referring physician, including labs and any pertinent. X-rays. We also discuss things like their family history and how current they are and their colorectal cancer screening and then at that point, we’ll make an assessment and a treatment plan.
When Should You Visit A Gastroenterologist?
it’s important to see a gastroenterologist when you’re having any symptoms in your stomach or sharp, swallowing, bleeding, and not just assume. We can decide whether or not we need to do more investigation. Over-the-counter medicines such as. Anti acids and things like that for reflux may help symptoms, but maybe masking underlying disease that if you wait, could progress to something more serious.