What is a Colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine camera (rectum and colon). He or she uses a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope to look at the colon. A colonoscopy helps find ulcers, colon polyps, tumors, and areas of inflammation or bleeding. During a colonoscopy, tissue samples can be collected (biopsy) and abnormal growths can be taken out. Colonoscopy can also be used as a screening test to check for cancer.
What is a Gastroenterologist?
A gastroenterologist, or GI physician, must first complete a 4-year college degree followed by 4 years of medical school at which time they receive a medical degree. Next is 3-years of residency in internal medicine. A physician may elect to continue on to a specialty in gastroenterology.
A gastroenterology fellowship is 2-3 years. During fellowship, physicians learn to evaluate/manage digestive diseases both cognitively and from an endoscopic perspective.
Common GI Disorders and Conditions
– Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
– Celiac Disease
– Liver Disease
– Pancreatic Disease
– Gallbladder Disease
– Peptic Ulcer Disease
– Diarrhea & Constipation
– GI Bleeding
– GI Cancers
– Inflammatory Bowel Disease
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