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Who is a Gastroenterologist?

A gastroenterologist is a medical doctor who specialises in the detection and treatment of disorders related to the liver and gastrointestinal tract. Gastroenterologists do a  procedure called colonoscopies to look inside the colon. 

What is Meant by Gastroenterology/GI medicine?

Gastroenterology is a specific branch of medicine that mainly focuses on the digestive tract, liver bile ducts, gallbladder, and pancreas. A gastroenterologist treats a variety of conditions that affect the gastrointestinal system, including hepatitis C, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer, colon polyps, jaundice, acid reflux, haemorrhoids, colitis, biliary tract disease, and more.

When Should You Consult a Gastroenterologist?

Your primary care physician may recommend you to a gastroenterologist if you have:

Roles and Responsibilities of a Gastroenterologist

Some of the responsibilities of gastroenterologists include:

  • Consulting with patients to understand their health problems.
  • MRI, X-ray, and ultrasound scanning.
  • Performing advanced tests to diagnose patients.
  • Examining appropriate treatment courses.
  • Evaluating patient’s historical data.
  • Performing an endoscopic process to observe internal organs.

What Conditions Do Gastroenterologists Treat?

A gastroenterologist treats a variety of conditions that include:

  • Colon polyps 
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Liver related disorders and acidity
  • Sores in the small intestine and stomach lining
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Gallbladder conditions
  • Celiac disease
  • Inflammation of the large pancreas or intestine
  • Internal bleeding in the digestive system

Endoscopy is a medical process followed by gastroenterologists. They use a flexible and lightweight tube with a built-in camera to observe the intestines from the inside. Though gastroenterologists are not surgeons, they work closely with them when required.

Types of Processes Followed by a Gastroenterologist

A gastroenterologist performs a wide range of non-surgical processes. It may include:

  • Endoscopic ultrasound to determine the lower and upper GI tracts and other internal organs.
  • Colonoscopy is performed to detect colon polyps and colon cancer.
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography to analyse the tumours and gallstones.
  • Sigmoidoscopy to check for loss of blood and pain in bowel movements.
  • Liver biopsies to determine fibrosis and inflammation.

Where to Find a Gastroenterologist?

Apollo 24|7 can help you find the best gastroenterologist for your next appointment. You can also browse the best stomach specialists who can help manage and treat stomach issues. Book an appointment now from the comfort of your home and speak to a gastroenterologist online using the Apollo 24|7 app or website.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gastroenterologists are simply doctors who are trained to diagnose and treat problems in your gastrointestinal(GI) tract, usually the stomach, and the liver.

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.

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.

Yes, all gastroenterologists on the 24/7 platform offer video call consultations.

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.

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.

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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