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Gastroenterology is the study of the gastrointestinal system. This includes all the organs of the gastrointestinal tract. The GI tract begins at the mouth and ends at the anus. Essentially, the GI tract is a long, hollow tube. The chief organs are the esophagus, stomach, small intestine (small bowel), large intestine (large bowel or colon), the rectum and anus. The GI tract also has accessory organs like the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. A gastroenterologist is a physician that specializes in disorders and treatment of the gastrointestinal tract. They have completed post graduate work in the field and have completed a residency in gastroenterology. Some of the procedures performed by a gastroenterologist are:
A colonoscopy lets your gastroenterologist examine the insides of your colon (large intestine) for irregularities by inserting a flexible tube, that be as thick as your finger into your anus and slowly proceeding into the rectum and colon.
An endoscopy lets your gastroenterologist examine the insides of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine). Your gastroenterologist will use a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope, which has it's own lens and light source, and will view the images on a video monitor. Also has the capabilities of taking biopsies.
Is the procedure performed by your gastroenterologist to gently compress and cauterize the hemorrhoid in a specific area of anal opening where there are hardly any pain nerve endings, therefore, there is no significant pain or discomfort felt.
Procedures performed at Queens Endoscopy Amb Surg Center
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