What Happens In Gastroenterology
This department specializes in diagnosing and treating digestive diseases and disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. That is, disorders of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, liver, bile ducts and pancreas. Some departments will have sub-specialties, for example in colerectal surgery or treating swallowing problems and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
What Is Treated In Gastroenterology
Anorectal diseases (rectum and anus).
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Obesity, via weight loss surgery.
Pancreas and biliary diseases.
Types Of Doctors Who Treat Digestive Disorders
Gastroenterologist: A doctor qualified to treat digestive and abdominal problems - that is diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (organs along the alimentary canal from the mouth to the anus).
Hepatologist: A sub-specialty doctor who focuses hepatobiliary medicine - treating the liver, pancreas and bile ducts.