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.
Digestive discomforts like heartburn, stomach upset, acid reflux and painful gas could be symptoms of serious medical problems. If you have questions about your digestive health, but aren’t quite sure where to begin, start with a digestive health assessment and learn more about conditions you may have.
Introduction – The Digestive System
Do you suffer from frequent heartburn after eating?
Do you have sharp pain in your upper right or center abdomen?
Do you have upper abdominal pain?
Do you feel bloated, have diarrhea or constipation?
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:
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.