Practice Information
What kind of patients do you treat?
A Gastroenterologist treats conditions and diseases of the digestive system, which is comprised of the esophagus, stomach, small bowel colon, liver, pancreas and gall bladder.  A physician who is a specialist in Gastroenterology has had several years of specialized training in Internal Medicine and conditions of the digestive system, in addition to the basic medical training that all physicians receive.  Patients that are referred to a Gastroenterologists may have one or more of the following symptoms:  heartburn, reflux, difficulty swallowing, abdominal pain, nausea and/or vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, anemia, bleeding from the rectum or stomach, hepatitis, jaundice, intestinal bleeding and symptoms of gallbladder or liver disease.  Diseases that may be diagnosed and treated by a Gastroenterologist include:  ulcers in the stomach or esophagus, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), esophageal strictures, inflammation of the esophagus or stomach, helicobacter pylori, hiatal hernia, colon polyps, colon cancerdiverticulosis, diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver and gallstones in the common bile duct.  An endoscopy procedure may be done to aid in diagnosis and treat many conditions.

What is an Endoscopy Procedure?
An endoscopy procedure is an out-patient test which uses a small, flexible tube to directly visualize the lining of the organs in the gastrointestinal tract.  An EGD (upper endoscopy) is used to view the esophagus, stomach and duodenum.  A colonoscopy (lower endoscopy) is used to examine the rectum and colon.  An ERCP may be used to examine the pancreas, gallbladder and their ducts.  Endoscopy exams are performed using intravenous sedation and mild narcotics for control of any discomfort that may occur. 


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