Gastrologist Vs. Gastroenterologist
A common misconception is that gastrologists and gastroenterologists are one and the same. Although they sound similar and both deal with the internal workings of the stomach, they have differences. Here is a brief overview of the two and their relationships to healthcare and medical device companies.
What is a Gastroenterologist?
Gastroenterology is the study of the digestive tract. In fact, gastroenterologists are trained specifically to diagnose and treat issues with the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) and liver. These specialists go on to receive an additional five to six years of specialized training following medical school. Gastroenterologists are trained to help patients with any of the following health concerns:
- Small Intestine
- Bile Ducts
What is a Gastrologist?
Gastrology is the study of the stomach and stomach diseases but is not considered to be a medical specialty within the United States. Those who practice gastrology care for and treat the stomach with either medicine or with food and diet. Some believe the term “gastrology” was the medical term used in the early 1900s, that has since been replaced by gastroenterology.
When to Visit a Gastroenterologist
There are many reasons why people seek out a gastroenterologist to assist them in diagnosing and treating various stomach and GI tract problems. In fact, most people will see a gastroenterologist on a regular basis after hitting a certain age, as a gastroenterologist performs routine colonoscopies. This particular procedure looks at the inside of your colon and can detect colon cancer. Your primary care doctor may refer you to see a gastroenterologist if you have any of the following problems:
- Food coming back up after swallowing
- Severe diarrhea
These can be signs of minor health concerns or indications of something more serious. Because gastroenterologists have the tools and expertise to make accurate diagnoses, it is appropriate to see one if you experience any of these symptoms. In fact, these symptoms could be an indication of something more serious, such as:
- Crohn’s Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Cancer of the esophagus
- Colon polyps that may turn into cancer
In short, gastroenterologist and gastrology are similar in practice. All the tools and devices they use to treat and diagnose patients can be purchased through medical device companies, which ensure patient and user safety. Next time you experience abnormal stomach problems, schedule an appointment to see your gastroenterologist.