Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Disorders of your stomach, liver, entire digestive tract, oesophagus, small intestine, rectum, colon, pancreas, gall bladder anad bile ducts are treated by a gastroenterologist
Yes, a gastroenterologist can perform colonoscopy. As a gastroenterologist receives special training in treating gastrointestinal diseases, he or she can easily perform colonoscopy.
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.
You should consult a gastroenterologist immediately if you experience
– Heartburn that doesn’t go away or gets worse, or doesn’t get better with medication
– A feeling that food is caught in your chest or throat
– Suspicion of gall stones
– Long lasting belly pain
– Discomfort that keeps you away from your usual activities
– Trouble in swallowing
– Excessive vomiting
– Vomiting blood
– Bloody or black stools
– Major weight loss you can’t explain
– Diarrhoea that doesn’t go away
– New or lasting constipation
– Lifestyle leading to Bloating in
– Ulcer in stomach
Cancer screening is also done by gastroenterologists.
Stomach ulcers also known as gastric ulcers, are painful sores in the stomach lining. They affect both the stomach and small intestines.
The most common symptom is a burning sensation or pain in the middle of your abdomen between your chest and belly button. It becomes more intense when your stomach is empty.
Other common signs and symptoms of ulcers include:
– dull pain in the stomach
– weight loss
– loss of apetite
– nausea or vomiting
– feeling easily full
– heartburn, which is a burning sensation in the chest)
– pain that may improve when you eat, drink, or take antacids
– anemia, whose symptoms can include tiredness, shortness of breath, or paler skin
– dark, tarry stools
– vomit that’s bloody or looks like coffee grounds
Please contact doctor if you have any symptoms of a stomach ulcer. Even though discomfort may be mild, ulcers can worsen if they aren’t treated. Bleeding ulcers can become life-threatening.