How Gastroenterology Is Saving Lives

For each specialist in the medical field, lies life-saving strategies that are performed each year. In the field of gastroenterology, early detections for colorectal cancer can be diagnosed through scheduling regular screenings. The recommended times are once every five years.

Like colon cancer screenings, other evaluations are best performed by a gastroenterologist, due to the following reasons:

  1. A gastroenterologist has in-depth training and knowledge of the organs of the digestive system.
  2. The gastroenterologist, through years of practice and research. will be better able to pinpoint diseases in the digestive tract.
  3. A professional gastroenterologist is trained to perform endoscopies and colonoscopies with the least invasiveness, and the least risk of damage to the internal organs.
  4. When an ailment is diagnosed, the specialist can then proceed to administer treatments, or refer the patient to another specialist and/or surgeon.

The field of gastroenterology evolved from the 18th century and is an independent school of discipline in the medical industry. It has the highest rate of annual procedures next to ophthalmology. Some gastroenterologists are also certified to perform hepatology, as the liver is directly linked to the overall digestive system.

To get in touch with a gastroenterologist, ask your medical doctor for a referral, or do your own research through online directories. Many times, credentials and reviews can be conveniently browsed on the gastroenterologist’s websites of choice.

If there are risk factors of gastroenterology-related diseases, such as family history, or you’ve experienced a recent bout of stomach-related ailments, voice this concern to an M.D., to determine if screenings are necessary at this time.

In addition, many times the general practitioner will collaborate with other medical specialists in the patient’s best interest and for successful treatments.

If you have preset procedures that have been scheduled with a local gastroenterologist, ensure that you prepare well for the appointment. There are often recommended steps to take before a successful endoscopy, colonoscopy or biopsy is performed. Therefore, be sure that this information is relayed either by phone, email or in the initial consultation.

 

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