Gastroenterologists are doctors who focus on the parts of your body that move/digest food, absorb nutrients, and remove waste. That means they can treat medical conditions affecting the entire digestive tract (esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine), as well as the liver, pancreas, and biliary system (gallbladder and bile ducts).
GI Conditions Gastroenterologists Treat
Gastroenterologists can help patients who have a variety of GI symptoms, including:
- Abdominal pain
- Trouble swallowing
- Heartburn/acid reflux/GERD
- Liver diseases (such as hepatitis)
- Hiatal hernias
- Cancer of the colon, rectum, stomach, pancreas, and liver
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Bloody stool
- Digestive issues
- Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
- Unexplained weight loss
- Gallbladder issues
- Celiac disease
GI Doctors Can Assess Symptoms Without Surgery
Simply put, GI doctors help their patients with gastrointestinal distress feel better. They assess their patients’ symptoms first through consultation, then they may perform endoscopic procedures to further diagnose or treat GI problems. In addition to treating the above-listed disorders, gastroenterologists can perform colon cancer screenings (also known as a colonoscopy). GI physicians work in several types of medical settings, like individual and group practices, hospitals, and outpatient facilities (such as Tulsa Endoscopy Center).
Our Gastroenterologists are Trained and Board Certified
Gastroenterologists are required to complete at least 13 years of specialized training after they graduate from high school. This includes a 4-year bachelor’s degree, 4 years of medical school or graduate school, and a 3-year residency in internal medicine. At GastroLiverCare Center, all physicians are board-certified in gastroenterology and are fellowship-trained, which means they spent 2-3 years learning to treat patients with specific gastrointestinal illnesses. This includes detailed training in endoscopy, which is a non-surgical procedure that allows gastroenterologists to examine the GI tract.
Every physician is also required to receive continuing medical education (CME) credits each year if they are practicing medicine, to ensure they are up to date with the latest medical techniques and breakthroughs.
While most gastroenterologists work in a clinical setting (seeing patients), some also participate in clinical research by leading clinical trials, observing outcomes, and publishing their results.