Gastroenterology is the medical specialty that focuses on digestive health related to the stomach and intestines.
Conditions treated by a gastroenterologist are diverse, but they are all centered on how the body processes food and nutrients. Common gastroenterology conditions include food allergies, liver cancer, colon and rectal polyps, stomach cancer, Crohn’s disease, pancreatitis, ulcers, appendicitis, and more. Find more information about gastroenterology conditions in our patient education library.
A gastroenterologist can perform a number of minimally invasive procedures to look inside your esophagus or colon to evaluate your condition.
When your primary care physician thinks you should see a specialist for digestive health issues, they often refer you to see a gastroenterologist. You may need to have a procedure to diagnose exactly what the problem is before treatment can begin. Common procedures include a colonoscopy or upper GI endoscopy.
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