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Written by Dr. Pravalika Gastroenterologist

Last updated on 19 August 2020

Who is a Gastroenterologist?

Gastroenterologists are Digestive health and Liver care Experts. They treat all the medical conditions related to the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, liver and bile ducts. Medical Gastroenterologist treats Liver and Digestive health related diseases through medical management and Surgical Gastroenterologist treats diseases through surgical management.

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What does a Gastroenterologist do?

Gastroenterologists are doctors specialised to treat diseases of the digestive system and liver. They are specialised in treating diseases that can have symptoms like stomach pain or burning sensation, Heartburn, indigestion, frequent nausea or vomiting, jaundice (yellowish discoloration in the skin, urine), change in color of stools, constipation or frequent diarrhea and many more. Few of the Gastrointestinal diseases are as follows:

  • Acute or chronic Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) or heartburn
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Acute or chronic Pancreatitis
  • Colon polyps
  • Colon cancer
  • Celiac disease
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Cholecystitis
  • Cholangitis
  • Cholelithiasis (Gallbladder stones)

How often should you go to a Gastroenterologist?

You should see a gastroenterologist if you are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood in Vomiting
  • Blood in stools
  • Persistent diarrhoea or constipation
  • Persistent heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea, vomiting, stomach upset
  • Yellowish discoloration of skin/eyes
  • Change in color of stools
  • If any Doctor refers you to gastroenterologist
  • In case Doctor asks you to follow up

What degrees do you need to be a Gastroenterologist?

After 5 year MBBS course and 3 year training in postgraduate course(MD/MS/DNB), Medical or Surgical Gastroenterologists are trained full-time for 3 more years in their respective specialties. There will be a Medical Gastroenterologist (DM/DNB after MD) and Surgical Gastroenterologist (Mch/DNB after MS).

Finding a good Gastroenterologist

How to find a good Gastroenterologist?

To find a good Gastroenterologist, speak to a family member or friend to refer you to a good doctor. You could also search online for Gastroenterologists; Google does a great job of providing services closest to you, i.e., they’d connect you with doctors near you. Usually, there are ratings and reviews online for the quality of services provided to help you decide what’s best for you.

How to choose a Gastroenterologist?

Choosing the right Gastroenterologist is one of the most important and personal decisions you would make. Following are seven essential tips to help you choose the right gastroenterologist doctor:

  1. Research. There are many doctors out there. Decide upon the one you would be comfortable with; someone with a good reputation, communication and soft skills.
  2. Get the proper referrals. Speak with your family members, colleagues, friends to help you connect with the right doctor.
  3. Check for licencing and credentials of the doctor.
  4. Consider the years of experience of the Gastroenterologist.
  5. Consider the gender of the gastroenterologist doctor depending on if you would want to disclose your health condition to them.
  6. Consider the communication style of the gastroenterologist doctor. Choose an eye doctor you would gel along with quickly. Developing a rapport helps in communicating efficiently with the doctor. If possible, read patient reviews to help you make the right decisions.
  7. It’s good to know if you would be covered under the insurance plan that you have.

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  • Ask the doctor about your symptoms, problems, medications, and more during your consultation.
  • You may have to submit your medical history and records if any, so the doctor can better understand your condition.
  • Post teleconsultation, you could also follow up with your doctor online.
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Can I eat before seeing a Gastroenterologist?

Gastroenterology involves the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to the intestinal tract and digestive system. If the doctor has prescribed a test or wants to examine your gastrointestinal system that involves procedures like endoscopy or colonoscopy, you may have to fast for more than 6 – 8 hours. Consult and follow the instructions of your doctor on the same.

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