When seeing a stomach doctor, commonly known as a gastroenterologist, you’ll be discussing any GI symptoms you may be experiencing, such as bloating, constipation, abdominal pain, and more. You will receive the information you need about your condition and treatment options, and your GI specialist will find the best way to give you the care
A gastroenterologist specializes in conditions and diseases that impact the health and function of the digestive system. If your primary care physician discovers you have new or renewed symptoms involving your digestive organs or processes, you may benefit from seeing a board-certified specialist, who has the diagnostic and treatment expertise to improve your GI health.
Colonoscopy is a high-quality diagnostic tool gastroenterologists use for evaluation of the entire colon. Recommended for patients 45 and older who are at average risk of developing colorectal cancer, colonoscopy delivers a wealth of medical information and allows for some in situ treatments. Here’s what you should know about colonoscopy. Why Get a Colonoscopy? Colonoscopy
Do any of your close relatives have colon cancer or a history of colon cancer? Are you statistically at risk for developing colorectal cancer? Are you older than 45 years? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions, your gastrointestinal doctor may have recommended colon cancer screening. Colon cancer screening is most commonly done
Hemorrhoids are packets or clusters of swollen blood vessels inside the rectum or anus. More common in adults, hemorrhoids can cause anal pain, discomfort, and itching. Typically, hemorrhoids can be treated at home with a high-fiber diet, daily sitz baths, cold compress, and over-the-counter topical creams. However, hemorrhoids that do not respond to home remedies
Whether you are experiencing persistent stomach pain or are grappling with a gastrointestinal condition, seeing a gastro doctor can make all the difference. A gastro doctor, also known as a gastroenterologist or GI doctor, is a medical doctor who specializes in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. They diagnose, treat, and help prevent acute and chronic conditions
You may have heard of a popular procedure, called endoscopy, which allows your doctor to see inside of your digestive tract. But have you ever heard of capsule endoscopy? Imagine swallowing a miniature camera enclosed in a capsule shell that travels through your GI tract, capturing detailed images along the way. This is called capsule
A screening colonoscopy is one of the best tools gastroenterologists have to detect colon cancer in its earliest stages when it is highly treatable and survivable. People ages 45 and up should have colonoscopies as their physician recommends, depending on their individual health risk. Here’s more on this important test and how to prepare for it.
A lactulose breath test is an easy gastrointestinal evaluation tool. It involves ingesting foods that contain milk sugars (lactose or lactulose) and measuring the amount of hydrogen and/or methane given off as the patient breathes out. Let’s look at why this kind of test is necessary, how it’s given, and how it helps your gastroenterologist plan
Hemorrhoids are a common rectal problem, particularly for people who are pregnant, are poorly hydrated, or engage in strenuous activities involving a lot of squatting and heavy lifting. When increased fiber in the diet or over the counter topical medications do not reduce hemorrhoids, you may need hemorrhoidal banding. What Are the Symptoms of Hemorrhoids?