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The area of medicine that focusses on disorders related to the digestive system or the gastrointestinal tract is known as gastroenterology. A gastroenterologist is a doctor who specialises in diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal disorders.
Who is a gastroenterologist?
Gastroenterologists are doctors who are trained to diagnose and treat problems in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract and liver. These specialists primarily diagnose and treat GI diseases in both men and women. They also perform endoscopic procedures in which they use specialized instruments to view the GI tract and make a diagnosis. They don’t perform surgeries but may work closely with a GI surgeon.
What do gastroenterologists do?
Gastroenterologists diagnose and treat diseases that occur in the gastrointestinal system. The gastrointestinal system is responsible for the digestion of food, absorption of nutrients and removal of waste from the body. All disorders pertaining to the digestive organs are treated by a gastroenterologist.
How to consult a gastroenterologist online?
To consult a gastroenterologist online, click on the ‘Online Doctor Consultation’ section on the Apollo 24/7 app or website. Then type ‘Gastroenterology’ in the search bar to find a list of gastroenterologists, along with their consultation timings. Choose one that suits your requirements and click on the ‘Consult’ button to book an appointment with a gastroenterologist.
Can a gastroenterologist treat all stomach-related conditions?
Yes, gastroenterologists treat all kinds of stomach problems. A gastroenterologist may perform a number of procedures to diagnose gastrointestinal diseases. One of the major procedures performed by the gastroenterologist is endoscopy. It involves the use of narrow flexible tubes with a built-in video camera that can be inserted into the intestinal tract.
When should I consult a gastroenterologist?
You should visit a gastroenterologist if you have trouble swallowing, are experiencing heartburn, stomach pain, feel like throwing up, your skin appears yellow, you have frequent diarrhea, constipation, and see blood in your stool.
What do we call a gastroenterologist in simple words?
Gastroenterologists are simply doctors who are trained to diagnose and treat problems in your gastrointestinal(GI) tract, usually the stomach, and the liver.
Can I consult with a gastroenterologist anytime?
Yes, on Apollo 24/7, you can consult a gastroenterologist anytime. Our gastroenterologists are available round-the-clock for online consultations. Just pick your preferred slot and book a consultation.
How do I choose the best gastroenterologist in India?
Apollo 24/7 has the best gastroenterologists in India who are available round-the-clock to offer you an online consultation. All our doctors are highly-qualified and experienced to ensure that all your health conditions are taken care of.
Is video consultation available with all gastroenterologists?
Yes, all gastroenterologists on the 24/7 platform offer video call consultations.
Which organs comprise the gastrointestinal tract and does a gastroenterologist treat all the disorders related to it?
All the organs between the mouth and the anus comprise the gastrointestinal tract. This includes the esophagus, stomach, and intestines (small intestine and large intestine). A gastroenterologist treats disorders related to the complete digestive system which consists of the gastrointestinal tract and the accessory organs which are the tongue, liver, salivary glands, pancreas, and gall bladder.
How does a gastroenterologist diagnose stomach disorders?
When you visit a gastroenterologist, he/she will use procedures such as endoscopy, colonoscopy, liver biopsies, sigmoidoscopy, etc., to diagnose stomach or disorders of any organ in the digestive system.
Does a gastroenterologist treat disorders of the liver?
Yes. Since liver is a part of the digestive system, a gastroenterologist can treat disorders of the liver. Some of the diseases that affect the liver are Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, and Cirrhosis. A gastroenterologist may recommend blood tests, imaging tests (such as ultrasound and CT scan), and biopsies to detect liver disorders.
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