A gastroenterologist should be a part of your health care team when you’re experiencing digestive issues or have reached a certain age where colonoscopies are recommended. 

A gastroenterologist receives specialized training in gastrointestinal procedures as part of their education. As a result, they are able to provide patients with a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders with high-quality, comprehensive care.  

Geriatric endoscopy research is conducted primarily by gastroenterologists, who have been found to provide superior colonoscopy examinations and comprehensive consultation services compared to other physicians. Because of this, a skilled gastroenterologist is an obvious choice when it comes to procedures like the following three gastroenterologist’s colonic examinations. 

Diagnostic Screening 

  1. The large intestine is examined with a colonoscopy to rule out disease, the most common of which is colorectal cancer. Rectal bleeding, weight loss, and abdominal pain are just some of the symptoms that can be evaluated with this test. The ideal age for colorectal screenings is 50 years of age. 
  2. An endoscopic camera and light are attached to the end of the colonoscope to allow the gastroenterologist to see inside the entire digestive tract, as well as to look for polyps, inflammatory changes, or cancerous growths.  
  3. A gastroenterologist’s upper endoscopy (EDG). 

In the evaluation or diagnosis of various upper gastrointestinal tract issues, EDG can be useful. In order to perform an EDG, gastroenterologists use an endoscope, which is an extremely long, thin, flexible tube equipped with a tiny video camera and light at the other end. The gastroenterologist can safely guide the endoscope to examine the upper digestive system’s lining by adjusting the instrument’s controls. The endoscope can be used by gastroenterologists to treat digestive disorders in some patients. 

Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP) by a Gastroenterologist 

Diagnose and treat biliary and/or pancreatic ductal system problems using an endoscope and fluoroscopy in a procedure known as an ERCP (endoscopic retrograde Cholangiopancreatogram).  

It is possible to inject radiographic contrast into bile and pancreas ducts using a specialized endoscope, which enables doctors to see the inside of the stomach and duodenum. 

An ERCP is most commonly used to diagnose and treat issues related to the main pancreatic duct and the bile duct, such as gallstones, inflamed scars, leaks (caused by trauma or surgery), and even cancer. 

However, gastroenterologists can perform many other procedures and tests, but these three are particularly useful in the diagnosis and treatment of the most serious gastrointestinal conditions.  

ERCP utilizes endoscopy and fluoroscopy in order to diagnose and treat issues with the biliary or pancreatic ductal systems. X-rays can be taken of the biliary tree and pancreas using an endoscope, which allows the physician to see inside the stomach and duodenum and inject radiographic contrast into the ducts. 

ERCP is the most common procedure used to diagnose or treat problems with the gallbladder or the main pancreatic duct. Problems with the main pancreatic duct can be caused by trauma or surgery. 

Gastroenterologists can also do many other procedures and tests, but these three are especially helpful for diagnosing and treating the worst GI problems. Make an appointment with a gastroenterologist at Doral Health and Wellness today to learn more about the services they can offer you and whether or not they are right for you. 

Doral Health & Wellness can help  

It is our goal to make your visit to Doral Health & Wellness Gastroenterology Center as simple and stress-free as possible. Even if you have to undergo an invasive procedure like a colonoscopy or endoscopy, we strive to make the experience as pleasant as possible. All the information you need about your condition and treatment options will be provided by our team of experts. Digestive disorders, including inflammatory bowel disease and IBS, can be treated with our help. 

The Gastroenterology Center at Doral Health & Wellness is housed in a newly renovated facility. The residents of all ages, especially the elderly and those with medical conditions such as diabetes, find our fantastic facility’s common area and exercise rooms to be particularly welcoming. Kindly contact us at 347-868-1016 or email us at info@doralhw.org.