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What is Gastroenterology?

A sub-specialty of internal medicine, gastroenterology focuses on the digestive system, from normal functioning to diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. Issues related to gastroenterology can range from mild to severe—from occasional gas or stomach pain, to cancer of the colon or liver. Gastroenterologists possess a detailed understanding of how gastrointestinal organs move material through the stomach and intestines, and how well the body digests, absorbs nutrients, and removes waste.

How We Are Different

There are literally hundreds of twists and bends to the digestive tract. For an average adult male, the entire system is approximately 30-feet long, according to the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Our job begins by knowing every inch along the way. From there, we focus our collaborative care on a wide range of issues, including colon polyps, cancer, acid reflux (heartburn), peptic ulcers, colitis, nutritional problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and many more.

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