Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine focused on the digestive system and its disorders.
Diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract, which include the organs from mouth to anus, along the alimentary canal, are the focus of this specialty. Gastroenterologist physician usually completed about eight years of pre-medical and medical education, a year-long internship (if this is not a part of the residency), three years of an internal medicine residency, and two to three years in the gastroenterology fellowship. Some gastroenterology transplant hepatology, advanced endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, or motility.
Hepatology, or hepatobiliary medicine, encompasses the study of the liver, pancreas, and biliary tree, and is traditionally considered a sub-specialty.
In particular, the relationship of a patient with his or her gastroenterologist is integral for effective treatment. The contradictory and subtle nature of these conditions means that clear and accurate communication is critical in order for your gastroenterologist to make a fully informed diagnosis.
Many times your doctor must rule out other conditions in order to determine your diagnosis. The more information you can communicate about your symptoms, discomforts and daily activities, the more informed your doctor will be to make an accurate diagnosis.