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What does a gastroenterologist do?

What does a gastroenterologist do?

A Gastroenterologist specialises in the treatment of conditions that involve the digestive tract.  They have specialist training in the treatment of conditions affecting the oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, and the biliary system.  Gastroenterologists’ training provides them with in depth knowledge of how food moves through the digestive system, including how it is absorbed into and removed from the body. 

At your first appointment you can expect to be asked general questions about your symptoms and to undergo a physical examination. You may also have further tests taken, such as blood tests to investigate in more depth. Follow up appointments will involve further testing, such as a gastroscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound, capsule endoscopy, cystoscopy, and bronchoscopy.