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The Definitive Guide to Finding the Best Gastroenterologist Near Me
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A gastroenterologist treats conditions of the digestive system. The digestive system is important for breaking down food into nutrients, which your body uses for energy, growth, and cell repair.  The digestive system is made up of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. 

When should I see a gastroenterologist?

Your primary care physician should tell you when you should see a gastroenterologist (GI), but if you have these symptoms then you should consider seeing a gastroenterologist:

  1. Constipation
  2. Diarrhea
  3. Heartburn
  4. Difficulty swallowing
  5. Stomach pain
  6. Nausea
  7. Vomiting
  8. Hiccups
  9. Rectal bleeding

What types of tests do gastroenterologist perform?

There are many ways a gastroenterologist can evaluate your symptoms, ranging from the less invasive breath, blood, urine and stool tests to the more invasive colonoscopy or endoscopy.  Your gastroenterologist may also ask you get an MRI or a CT Scan to check for any abnormalities. 

What is a colonoscopy?

When you have symptoms related to the lower part of your digestive system such as constipation, diarrhea, or stomach pain, then your gastroenterologist may choose to perform a colonoscopy.  Colonoscopies are also recommended routinely once you reach a certain age or if you have other risk factors.  During a colonoscopy the doctor will put a thin, flexible tube with a camera into your rectum to check for any abnormalities.  This is a routine procedure with a low complication rate. 

What is an upper endoscopy?

When you have symptoms related to the upper part of your digestive system, such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing or nausea, then your gastroenterologist may choose to perform an upper endoscopy.  During an upper endoscopy the doctor will put a thin, flexible tube with a camera down your throat to check for any abnormalities in your upper part of your digestive system. This is a routine procedure with a low complication rate.