Gastroenterology is focused on the digestive system and its disorders. Digestive health is important to overall health and well-being.
If you show signs of digestive related issues, you may be referred to a gastroenterologist. A gastroenterologist is specifically trained in the normal function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver.
Unique training prepares gastroenterologists to provide high quality and comprehensive care for patients with a wide variety of digestive and liver related ailments. The goal is to provide more complete, accurate, and thorough care for patients with gastrointestinal conditions.
They play an important role in more routine accurate colonoscopies, as well. This is one of the best ways to prevent colon cancer. Other common digestive health conditions treated include gallstones, liver disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and stomach ulcers, among others.
Gastroenterologists also have specific training in endoscopy, which is the use of small cameras to see inside the intestinal tract. With strong attention to detail and a comprehensive knowledge of the gastrointestinal tract, they can provide high quality consultation and treatment services for a wide variety of digestive and liver functions.