Medical Gastroenterology Procedures
The best way to communicate with your GI doctors about gastrointestinal health is to inform yourself and come prepared with questions about procedures you may need, from colonoscopy to gallbladder ultrasound. We've compiled information about gastroenterological conditions that has all been reviewed by a gastroenterologist. Browse our informational pages below or ask a medical question of your own for free.
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If you have an upcoming appointment with a GI doctor for a colonoscopy, a biopsy, an upper GI series, ERCP or other gastroenterology procedure, prepare yourself by reading up on the latest medical information so that you’ll be able to ask good questions and get good answers. The first step toward gastroenterological health is to inform yourself about symptoms to look out for and regular screening tests that you should be scheduling if you have a history of GI disease. Click on any of the links below for descriptions of popular gastroenterology procedures that can help you stay healthy and catch ailments before they worsen.
Going into a doctor’s appointment for a gastroenterology procedure can be difficult, but the more medical information that you know about the tests your GI doctors use to diagnose and treat your condition, the more comfortable you will feel and the more successful your experience will be. Gastroenterology.com is designed to help patients in need. Any of the GI doctors listed in our vast directory of medical professionals is happy to help you with many of the gastroenterology procedures listed above. Simply click on a link to learn more about medical procedures that you may be undergoing in the future or may want to schedule as a regular screening test for conditions such as cancer and chronic illness.
While some gastroenterology procedures may involve non-invasive x-rays and other medical imaging tests such as a gallbladder ultrasound or abdominal ultrasound, there are more serious endoscopy procedures available to check patients with more serious conditions. Gastroenterological endoscopy procedures include endoscopic mucosal resection, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound and EGD. These tests can often help you and your doctors detect symptoms early and avoid complications like advanced cancer or the liver and gallbladder. Patients in dire need of immediate medical attention may need to undergo certain surgeries designed to improve digestive health, such as colostomy, laparoscopy or stent placement.
Dealing with symptoms relating to your digestive system such as vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, jaundice, difficulty swallowing or severe heartburn can be a burden. Your GI doctors may be able to diagnose you and help you on the path to effective medical treatment. Many patients suffer through painful gastrointestinal conditions such as hemorrhoids and hernias for many years before seeing doctors about what treat options are available for them. Please refer to your medical information pages and our directory of gastroenterologists and other doctors for a consultation. In no time at all, you can achieve relief from gastrointestinal symptoms and rest assured that you are taking all the necessary precautions to be regularly screened for GI disease with special gastroenterology procedures.