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INTRODUCTION TO THE Gastroenterology
The spectrum of gastroenterology is quite wide and includes diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine (colon), pancreas, bile ducts, gallbladder and liver. Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine concerned with digestive diseases. The practice of gastroenterology concentrates on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases involving the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine (colon), liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. This medical field is really a subspecialty of Internal Medicine, as is, for example, Cardiology, which deals with diseases of the heart.
A Gastroenterologist is a specialist who is first broadly trainedtaj doctor image in Internal Medicine and subsequently in diagnosing and treating disease of the digestive system. Frequently, a Gastroenterologist is called in cases of abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or change in bowel habits when the diagnosis is unclear or where specialized diagnostic procedures are necessary. Most Gastroenterologists are certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and then receive additional training in Gastroenterology. To qualify for Board certification, an individual must have completed four years of college, four years of medical school and have received a degree in medicine. Then he/she must complete an additional four to six years of specialty training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. After several years of clinical practice, the doctor must successfully complete an extensive series of examinations. All of our doctors are Board Certified in Gastroenterology.
Frequently, a Gastroenterologist is called in cases when the diagnosis is unclear or where specialized diagnostic procedures are necessary. A Gastroenterologist treats a broad range of conditions, including, but not limited to:
* Abdominal Pain
* Abnormal Xray findings
* Colon Cancer
* Colon Polyps
* Colon Screening Exams
* Constipation
* Crohn's Disease
* Diarrhea
* Difficulty Swallowing
* Diverticulosis
* Esophageal Reflux
* Gastritis
* Heartburn
* Hemorrhoids


* Hepatitis
* Hiatal Hernia
* Indigestion
* Irritable Bowel Syndrome
* Jaundice
* Liver Disease
* Malabsorption
* Nausea Diarrhea
* Post-OperativeColon Tests
* Rectal Bleeding
* Spastic Colon
* Ulcers
* Ulcerative Colitis
* Unexplained Weight Loss
* Vomiting



A Gastroenterologist does not perform surgery. His work istaj surgery limited to diagnosis and medical treatment. However, under the broad classification of surgery, Gastroenterologists do perform such procedures as liver biopsy and endoscopic ("scope") examinations of the esophagus, stomach, small and large bowel. Also, the Gastroenterologist frequently works with surgeons before and after an operation in helping select the best operation for a particular patient, and in providing follow-up care relevant to the particular digestive disorder.

Yes, you will. Following consultation, you will usually be referred back to your family doctor for follow-up unless your case requires the continued attention of the Gastroenterologist. Even if you have a problem which requires continuing treatment by a Gastroenterologist, your family doctor will still advise and/or treat you for all other non related medical problems. Your family doctor will continue your treatment if and when your problem no longer requires the attention of a Gastroenterologist. Your family doctor and Gastroenterologist often consult each other about your problems and care.
A gastroenterologist surgeon has a particular interest intaj lady doctor diseases digestive tract. To become proficient in the treatment and management of these conditions, a gastroenterologist must undergo training in both internal medicine and advanced training in problems of the digestive tract.


A gastroenterologist must first complete a 4-year college degree followed by 4 years of medical school at which time they receive a medical degree. The next step is a 3-year residency in internal medicine. At that time a physician may elect to continue on to a specialty in gastroenterology.

A gastroenterology fellowship is 2 to 3 years during which a physician learns to evaluate and manage digestive diseases. This training encompasses conditions that may be seen in an office or in a hospital setting and instruction in how to perform diagnostic endoscopy procedures, such as colonoscopy. In all, a gastroenterologist has undergone a minimum of 13 years of formal classroom education and practical training before becoming a certified gastroenterologist.
Disclaimer - The contents of this site are for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for any doubts. 
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