He is currently using the latest technologies for treating hepatology and colonic diseases. Dr. Ameet Kumar Banka loves to treat challenging gastrointestinal cases. Dr. Ameet Kumar Banka provides comprehensive GI care to his patients at an affordable cost.
What Is a Gastroenterologist and What Do They Treat?
A gastroenterologist is a medical specialist who focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of disorders and diseases that affect the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. They are trained in both internal medicine and gastroenterology.
Gastroenterologists are experts in the normal function and diseases of the digestive system. They perform various diagnostic procedures and provide medical care for conditions such as:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): A condition characterized by chronic acid reflux and heartburn.
- Peptic ulcers: Open sores that develop on the lining of the stomach or upper part of the small intestine.
- Gastritis: Inflammation of the stomach lining.
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): Including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, which cause chronic inflammation in the digestive tract.
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): A common disorder characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel habits.
- Gallbladder and biliary tract disorders: Such as gallstones, cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder), and bile duct obstructions.
- Liver diseases: Including hepatitis, cirrhosis, fatty liver disease, and liver cancer.
- Pancreatic disorders: Such as pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) and pancreatic cancer.
- Gastrointestinal bleeding: Any abnormal bleeding in the digestive tract, often caused by conditions like ulcers, polyps, or tumors.
- Celiac disease: An autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten ingestion, resulting in damage to the small intestine.
Gastroenterologists use various diagnostic tools and procedures, such as endoscopy (including colonoscopy and upper endoscopy), imaging tests, and laboratory tests, to assess and diagnose gastrointestinal conditions. They also provide treatment options, including medications, lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, and in some cases, surgical interventions.
It's important to note that gastroenterologists often collaborate with other medical specialists, such as hepatologists (liver specialists) and colorectal surgeons, to provide comprehensive care for their patients.