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; general surgeons also commonly perform procedures to treatment many of these:
- Esophageal cancer
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- Rectal bleeding
- Colon or rectal cancer
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- GERD and heartburn
- Symptoms and conditions of the digestive system
Should you have these one or more of these conditions, contact your primary caregiver for a referral to a gastroenterologist or a Saint Mary’s general surgeon.