Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine concerned with digestive diseases. The practice of gastroenterology concentrates on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases involving the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine (colon), liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.
A Gastroenterologist is a specialist who is first broadly trained in Internal Medicine and subsequently in diagnosing and treating disease of the digestive system. A Gastroenterologist does not perform surgery. His work is focused on diagnosis and medical treatment. However, Gastroenterologists do perform such procedures as liver biopsy and endoscopic ("scope") examinations of the esophagus, stomach, small and large bowel. Also, the Gastroenterologist frequently works with surgeons before and after an operation in helping select the best operation for a particular patient, and in providing follow-up care relevant to the particular digestive disorder.
At HCM we provide comprehensive gastroenterology care including Colorectal Screening, Upper and Lower Endoscopy, Reflux Disease and Swallowing Disorders, Chron's Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colitis, Chronic Abdominal Pain, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastric Disease, Peptic Ulcers, and Liver/Gallbladder Disease.