Gastroenterology is the study of the normal function of the esophagus, stomach, intestines, colon, rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, and liver, as well as the diseases that affect these systems.
Gastroenterologists have an intimate understanding of how nutrients move through the digestive tract, as well as the physical and chemical breakdown of those nutrients and the removal of waste byproducts from the body. Additionally, gastroenterologists identify and diagnose issues with the liver’s digestive functions.
Gastroenterologists are often tasked with the evaluation, diagnosis, and resolution of these common symptoms and conditions:
- Abdominal pain
- Digestive tract bleeding, blood in urine
- GI Cancers (colorectal cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer)
- Diverticulitis and related colon diseases (e.g., IBS, colitis, Crohn’s disease)
- Gallbladder diseases
- Heartburn and related acid reflux disorders
- Hemorrhoid treatment
- Inflammation of the Digestive Tract
- Liver diseases (hepatitis, jaundice)
- Malabsorption (lactose intolerance, celiac disease, kidney stones)
- Stomach discomfort (nausea, vomiting, etc.)