Do I Need to Visit a Gastroenterologist?

A Gastroenterologist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the digestive organs including the Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine, Colon, Liver, Pancreas and Gallbladder.

Symptoms related to digestive diseases may arise from diseases of the digestive organs themselves or sometimes from other areas. An example is motion sickness which causes nausea and vomiting but is actually caused by an inner ear imbalance. A full history from the patient and sometimes family members is needed as well as a complete and thorough exam of the body.

Typical Education Requirements for a Gastroenterologist:

  • College — 4 years
  • Medical School — 4 years
  • Specialty training in Internal Medicine — 3 years
  • Specialty training in Gastroenterology — 3 years
  • Board Certification in Gastroenterology requires prior certification in the specialty of Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine)

Symptoms Frequently Evaluated by a Gastroenterologist:

  • Abdominal pain, discomfort, tenderness or distension
  • Acid Reflux
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Frequent heartburn
  • Involuntary bowel movements
  • Jaundice
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Nausea
  • Recurring Hiccups
  • Rectal bleeding, pain or discomfort
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss

Digestive Diseases Frequently Evaluated by a Gastroenterologist:

If you are experiencing any of the listed symptoms or feel that you are suffering from a disease or disorder of the digestive system, call Blair Gastroenterology Associates today at 814-946-5469 to schedule an appointment for a complete evaluation with one of our qualified physicians.