Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine whereby the digestive system and its disorders are studied. Diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the organs from mouth to anus, along the alimentary canal, are the focus of this specialty.
A Gastroenterologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions. Your family physician may refer you to a Gastroenterologist for the following conditions:
- Esophageal Cancer
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Chrohn’s Disease
- Rectal bleeding
- Colon or rectal Cancer
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Gallstones in the common bile duct
- GERD and heartburn
- And symptoms and conditions of the digestive system
Working with your family physician, you can be referred to a Gastroenterologist for treatment. Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center can assist in locating the right for physician for you. Call us at 479-968-2841.