About Gastroenterology

What is Gastroenterology?

Gastroenterology is a medical specialty that involves the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the digestive system. These disorders may affect the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), rectum, liver, bile ducts, gallbladder and pancreas. A gastroenterologist is a physician who is trained in both internal medicine and the sub-specialty of gastroenterology.

We are frequently asked to evaluate the following problems:

Abdominal pain
Heartburn
Abdominal bloating
Indigestion
Anemia/intestinal bleeding
Liver problems
Constipation
Nausea/vomiting
Diarrhea
Pancreas problems                                           
Difficulty swallowing
Rectal bleeding
Gallbladder disease
 

 

Some diseases that we diagnose and treat include:

Acid-peptic disease
Gastrointestinal Cancers
Barrett's esophagus
Inflammatory bowel diseas (Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis)
Biliary disease
Irritable bowel syndrome
Celiac sprue
Liver disease/cirrhosis
Colon polyps
Pancreatic disease
Diverticulosis/diverticulitis
Peptic ulcer disease
Gallstones
Small bowel disease
Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Viral hepatitis (A/B/C)

 

We may perform the following procedures to help make a diagnosis:

Abdominal Ultrasound

 

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