1. Who is a gastroenterologist?
A gastroenterologist is a doctor who specializes in analysis as well as treatment of disorders of gastrointestinal tract and liver. Gastroenterology is basically a branch of medicine which deals with diseases which affect the gastrointestinal tract, which encompasses organs from your mouth till the anus.
2. Disorders of which body parts are treated by a Gastroenterologist?
Disorders of your stomach, liver, entire digestive tract, oesophagus, small intestine, rectum, colon, pancreas, gall bladder and bile ducts are treated by a gastroenterologist
3. Can a Gastroenterologist perform colonoscopy?
Yes, a gastroenterologist can perform colonoscopy. As a gastroenterologist receives special training in treating gastrointestinal diseases, he or she can easily perform colonoscopy.
4. Is endoscopy safe?
Yes, endoscopy is a totally safe procedure. In only very rare cases, complications crop up and these include bleeding. The risk of bleeding complications after an endoscopy is increased if the process involves the removal of a piece of tissue for the purpose of testing (this is known as biopsy) or treatment of any kind of digestive system disease.
5. When should one consult a Gastroenterologist immediately?
You should consult a gastroenterologist immediately if you experience diarrhoea or are suffering from constant heartburn, you suspect gall stones, your diet is leading to bloating in the body, ulcer in stomach, constipation or you have to get a colonoscopy done. Cancer screening is also done by gastroenterologists.
Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine that deals with the study of the digestive system and its disorders affecting organs from mouth to anus. Gastroenterologists are the doctors who are specialized in examining, diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases and disorders related to digestive system organs.
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be a Gastroenterologist:
A patient who is diagnosed with the digestive disorder should visit Gastroenterologist once in a month or as directed by the doctor. However, a healthy person must visit Gastroenterologist once in a year to check the condition of the digestive system.
If a person who is suffering from any of the following digestive diseases should consult a Gastroenterologist.
Gastroenterologists and Proctologists are the same and the only difference is Gastroenterologists will do only diagnostic procedures whereas Proctologists can perform surgery related to the digestive system.
Gastroenterologists can treat hernia that occurred on the stomach. This type of hernia is called hiatal hernia [bulging of the upper part of the stomach]. However, before treating hernia, your Gastroenterologist may suggest a few tests to diagnose the type of hernia.
Generally, piles can be treated and cured by a general surgeon. However, if there are any complications involved, the patient can be referred to a well experienced and trained Gastroenterologist to get treated piles.
Yes, Gastroenterologists can detect different types of cancers like pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, and anal cancer.
Gastroenterologists may not perform any kind of surgeries but they can perform different types of diagnostic procedures like endoscopy, colonoscopy, and biopsy, etc.