In case you are wondering what a gastroenterology specialist does, we’ve listed out the areas these professionals can help you with.
Have you ever seen a gastroenterologist before? If the answer is yes, you may possibly have an idea of what they do. If the answer is no, you may not even be aware of how much a gastroenterology specialist could help you.
Most people see gastroenterologists as "stomach doctors” and only think of them when they have severe stomach pain or diarrhea. But they actually are very well-equipped to treat conditions related to the digestive system in general. They can evaluate the health of your digestive tube from mouth to anus.
Mouth and throat
Although most people go to the dentist for mouth-related health issues, gastroenterologists usually treat mouth conditions that affect or are affected by digestion. Bad breath, for example, can be handled by a gastroenterologist if related to gastric problems. They can also offer treatment for issues related to tongue, throat and salivary glands.
The esophagus is the tube that links your mouth to your stomach. Any esophageal disturbances can cause extreme pain and difficulty swallowing. Amongst the most common esophagus disorders are:
• Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); which is the reflux from stomach acid into the esophagus causing pain and heartburn.
• Peptic ulcers[Office1]
• Hiatal hernia; which is a painful condition caused by the bulging of the stomach to the upper side of the esophagus passage.
Stomach conditions are prevalent. They can range from indigestion to stomach ulcers. Stomach conditions can be caused by several factors such as nutrition, infections, genetic predisposition, stress and smoking. A gastroenterologist can evaluate your symptoms and request laboratory tests and an endoscopy[Office2] to asses their nature.
Some of the most common symptoms of bowel disturbances are diarrhea, bloating and constipation. In some conditions, all of these symptoms can be present. Long-term bowel symptoms can be a sign of more severe conditions such as IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Diseaseand Celiac Disease. Since people who live with these conditions might present similar symptoms, it would be difficult for an untrained professional to differentiate them. Therefore, it is indispensable that you see a gastroenterologist so they can perform an in-depth evaluation to identify causes and provide the most adequate line of treatment.
Hemorrhoids and anal fissures are quite common and can be caused by constipation and straining when passing stools. They can cause bleeding, itching and pain. A gastroenterologist can help you manage the symptoms and advise you to introduce lifestyle changes to help avoid these disturbances.
Besides the most obvious conditions, gastroenterologists also deal with diseases related to liver, pancreas and gallbladder. Some of those are Cirrhosis, Hepatitis and Gallstones.
Since some of these conditions can be silent and severe, it is a good idea to have regular check-ups. Your general practitioner can refer you to a gastroenterologist in case your tests present any abnormalities that should be looked into.
The digestive system is very complex, and many things can influence in its functioning. When facing digestive problems, it is crucial to have the guidance of a competent specialist that can help you manage the symptoms and restore the balance of your digestive function.
If you have any digestive disturbances, don't hesitate to find a gastroenterology specialist.
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[Office1]You can link to the ulcer post.
[Office2]You can link to the endoscopy post