This specialty is concerned with the diseases of the digestive system: the mouth cavity, the esophagus, the stomach, the small intestine, the colon, the pancreas, the liver and the gall.
The most common complaints patients turn to a gastroenterologist with are the following: stomach discomfort, liver and gallbladder abnormalities, pancreatic problems, change in bowel habits, indigestion, abdominal pain, heartburn, bloating, feeling of fullness, bad breath, sickness and recurring nausea.
Based on the patient’s medical history and complaints, the specialist decides on the necessary examinations, such as laboratory tests (blood test, urinalysis, stool test), imaging examinations (for e.g. abdominal ultrasound, X-ray, CT), endoscopic examinations (gastroscopy, colonoscopy) or special tests (for e.g. breath test for helicobacter).
These examinations are mostly painless. However, gastroscopy and colonoscopy might feel unpleasant, thus we can perform them in sedation or anesthesia on request.