A branch of medicine which deals with disorders of the digestive system
Gastroenterology is the study of the function of the entire gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and the diseases that affect it. The GI tract is made up of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, pancreas, rectum, gallbladder, bile ducts, and liver. It covers conditions such as colon polyps, colon cancer, acid reflux, ulcers, colitis, gallbladder disease, biliary tract disease, hepatitis, GERD, and much more. Gastroenterology also studies the movement of the entire GI tract, digestion, liver function, waste removal from the body, and absorption of nutrients into the body.
Due to the extensive training that gastroenterologists receive in education and in the field, they provide patients with a high level of comprehensive care. Not only are they able to consult with patients in the clinic but they also perform a majority of procedures themselves. Common procedures performed by a gastroenterologist include: colonoscopy, EGD, hemorrhoid banding, enteroscopy, ERCP, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, and many more. Gastroenterologists also participate in innovative research to improve care for patients across the world.
What Is Computed Tomography? Computed Tomography, also referred to as a CT or CAT scan, is an advanced radiological imaging modality in which an x-ray beam rotates around the...VISIT OUR CT or CAT Scan - Computed Tomography PAGE
What Is An ERCP? An endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is an endoscopic procedure where a long, thin, flexible tube or “scope” is placed into the mouth and advanced to...VISIT OUR ERCP - Endoscopic Retrograde Cholandiopancreatography PAGE
What Is An Esophageal Motility Study? An esophageal motility study is a test designed to assess the contractile properties of the esophagus. To perform the procedure, a thin and...VISIT OUR Esophageal Manometry (Motility Study) PAGE
What Is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)? Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD is a term to describe the common experience of acid reflux in an individual. Acid reflux typically refers...VISIT OUR GERD - Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease PAGE
What Is A Liver Biopsy? A liver biopsy is a procedure that involves obtaining a small piece of liver tissue, which is then analyzed in the laboratory. It may...VISIT OUR Liver Biopsy (Percutaneous Liver Biopsy) PAGE
NASH or Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis is also characterized by the build-up of fat in the liver that is accompanied by inflammation. Often found in patients who are overweight, have diabetes...VISIT OUR Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH) PAGE
What is PSC (Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis)? Primary sclerosing cholangitis is similar to PBC (primary biliary cholangitis) but it affects the bile ducts inside and outside the liver. It causes...VISIT OUR PSC - Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis PAGE
What is Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF)? Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) is a minimally invasive treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Fundoplication is a surgical procedure where the lining of...VISIT OUR Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) PAGE