If you have ever had any type of digestion disorder, or have had any issues related to the liver, then you have probably been referred to a gastroenterologist. This is a physician that has dedicated training in managing diseases that are unique to both the liver and the gastrointestinal tract.
Any type of condition that affects the esophagus, small intestine, colon, rectum, gallbladder, liver, bile ducts, or your stomach will require a visit to a gastroenterologist. GI doctors in Houston are required to complete a minimum of a three-year internal medicine residency as well as additional training called a fellowship in the field of Gastroenterology. In total, five to six years of training with specialized education in the field is what these physicians receive by the end of their educational training.
In addition to being experts in intestinal conditions, gastroenterologist(s) can also treat any type of nutritional issues surrounding nutrition absorption. Because rigorous training is required, these physicians provide excellent quality care when it comes to all of their services. From endoscopy, colonoscopy, intestinal dilation, endoscopic mucosal resection to the drainage of tubes, these physicians have the highest quality of dedicated training and comprehensive knowledge.
Services offer can include:
- Screenings for colorectal cancers as well as colon cancer
- Provide diagnosis for digestive and liver diseases
- Can look at treatments for cirrhosis which is scarring on the liver
- They can treat hemorrhoids and hepatitis
- They can treat pancreatitis and treat cysts or masses in the pancreas
- They can treat swallowing disorders
- They can treat any type of rectal bleeding
- And they can treat Crohn’s disease and Celiac disease
In addition to these, GI doctors in Houston can also treat more minor conditions like constipation, gallstones, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and weight loss or weight gain. Types of treatments can involve anything from endoscopic examinations, to the placement of internal drainage tubes, to the evaluation of tumors, to minimally invasive alternatives for surgical procedures.