Your gastrointestinal health is an important facet of your overall health. Digestive issues can quickly take a toll on your everyday life, causing both physical and psychological problems which could affect your well-being. Luckily, your gastroenterologist can help you overcome your digestive health problems and get back on your feet. Find out more about gastroenterology and what it can do for you with Dr. S. Murthy Badiga at his practice with locations in Edinburg and Weslaco, TX.
What is gastroenterology?
Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine which studies and treats conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. Gastroenterologists spend three years undergoing an internal medicine residency before they are eligible for additional training. Additional study and training in the gastroenterology field normally lasts around six years after the completion of medical school.
What does a gastroenterologist treat?
A gastroenterologist specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. Gastroenterologists are specially trained in endoscopy, which uses a long, thin tube with a camera attached to explore the digestive tract. Gastroenterologists learn standard and advanced endoscopic procedures and use them for a variety of testing and treatments. These endoscopic procedures can range from a simple look into symptoms to full tumor removal, depending on the situation.
Gastroenterology Treatments in Edinburg and Weslaco
Treatments for gastrointestinal issues vary depending on the diagnosis, but often involve some type of endoscopic procedure. Diagnostic testing like x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans and MRIs can help your gastroenterologist investigate further into your symptoms. Colonoscopy is a common diagnostic and treatment procedure. Doctors use colonoscopy, which involves threading a long, thin tube with an attached camera through the colon, to investigate symptoms, remove polyps, screen for cancer and more. Your doctor can help you determine the best gastrointestinal treatment for your symptoms and your condition.
For more information on gastroenterology, please contact Dr. Badiga. Call (956) 994-3394 to schedule your appointment at the Edinburg, TX location and (956) 973-2446 to schedule your appointment at the Weslaco, TX location today!