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What is Gastroenterology?


Gastroenterology is the study of the normal  function of the digestive system and diseases related to abnormal function of the gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver).

The study of Gastroenterology involves a detailed understanding of the normal action (physiology) of the gastrointestinal organs including the movement of material through the stomach and intestine (motility), the digestion and absorption of nutrients into the body, removal of waste from the system, and the function of the liver as a digestive organ. It includes common and important conditions such as colon polyps and cancer, hepatitis, gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn), peptic ulcer disease, colitis, gallbladder and biliary tract disease, nutritional problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and pancreatitis.

In essence, all normal activity and disease of the digestive organs is part of the study of Gastroenterology.

What makes Gastroenterologists different?
The unique training that Gastroenterologists complete provides them with the ability to provide high quality, comprehensive care for patients with a wide variety of gastrointestinal ailments.
Gastroenterologists perform the bulk of research involving gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures as well as the interpretation of results, and are considered experts in the field. This translates into more accurate detection of polyps and cancer by colonoscopy, fewer complications from procedures and fewer days in the hospital for many gastrointestinal conditions managed by trained gastroenterology specialists. 

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Events & Announcements
March 2019 - Colon Cancer Awareness Month

"Colon cancer is the second leading cause of deaths in the United States - -  but it doesn't have to be".