When Should I See a Gastroenterologist / Hepatologist?
If you encounter pain and bloating in the abdominal area, regular heartburn episodes, constipation, gas, diarrhoea, hepatitis, poor liver function, and trouble with swallowing, you should visit a gastroenterologist and hepatologist.
The most common disorders of gastroenterology and hepatology are found below:
- GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
- Esophageal disorder
- Helicobacter pylori infection
- Small and large intestine disorder
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Liver and biliary tract disorder
- Pancreatic disorder
- Motility disorder of the gastrointestinal tract
- Stomach disorder
- Fatty liver disease
- Hepatitis B, C
- GI tract cancers and tumours
Which Kind of Doctor Specializes in the Treatment of Liver Disorders?
Both gastroenterologists and hepatologists can treat liver diseases, however, their specialty differs. A gastroenterologist focuses on the disorders of GI tract such as colon, pancreas, gallbladder and liver. On the other hand, a hepatologist focuses exclusively on the liver and pancreatic conditions. Both gastroenterologists and hepatologists undergo multiple years of training which includes the diagnosis and treatment of various liver conditions.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Gastroenterologist / Hepatologist
Gastroenterologists and Hepatologists at Thomson Hospital have a long history of treating patients with a broad array of conditions that affect the oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, intestines and colon. As an aspect of your custom treatment plan, doctors may also refer you to or consult other specialists from different fields to find the most appropriate treatment for your case.