Gastrologist vs. Gastroenterologist: What’s correct?
Some medical terms can be difficult to pronounce and a good example is gastroenterology, which deals with the health of the digestive tract. Being difficult to say it, many people call it Gastrology!
Gastrology word is not entirely wrong as it does have a medical definition: It’s the study of stomach diseases. But it’s not a real medical specialty! So, the type of doctor you need to search for stomach problems is a gastroenterologist and not a gastrologist! Gastrology might have been a medical term in the previous centuries but no more!
Who Is a Gastroenterologist?
Gastroenterologists specialize in the health of the entire digestive tract. They have 10 years of specialized education & training after graduating from medical school. They are trained to take care of the digestive tract organs which include Esophagus, Stomach, Small intestine ( small bowel), Colon ( large bowel), Rectum, Pancreas, Gallbladder, and Liver
When to See a Gastroenterologist?
Please consult a Gastroenterologist (and not Gastrologist!) If you have issues with swallowing, Heartburn, GERD, Stomach pains, change of bowel habits, blood in the stool, suspected cancers in the digestive tract, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis, and Hepatitis.
They perform painless upper endoscopy and colonoscopy to accurately diagnose the diseases and conditions.
Please call 678-377-8252 to schedule a Gastroenterology consultation or you may do so by clicking the request appointment button.
Dr. Indrakrishnan is a senior Fellow of American college of Gastroenterology and has served in many committees of the college. Please click the following link to learn about all the digestive diseases ( A-Z) and the common Digestive symptoms. This link is provided by the American College of Gastroenterology.