Gastroenterology is the sub-specialty of medicine that focuses on the health of the digestive system and its organs, which include the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, rectum, pancreas, bile ducts, and liver. Physicians in this field are trained to diagnose and treat diseases of these organs, which are collectively known as gastrointestinal (GI) tract. They specifically look at issues that have to do with the movement of materials in the stomach and intestines, the removal of these materials through the anus, the absorption and digestion of nutrients, and the role of the liver. At BASS Medical Group, our GI specialists are board certified in gastroenterology and have expert knowledge in treating a wide range of digestive disorders.
Treating Gastroenterology Conditions
Many people with digestive problems regularly visit a GI specialist as part of their treatment and management plan, but you do not need to have a chronic or long-term disease to benefit from their care. Common problems like ongoing heartburn or diarrhea also fall under the GI umbrella; by seeking treatment for issues like these you can greatly increase your quality of life, and prevent larger problems down the road.
Preventative Gastroenterology Care
GI specialists also play an important role in preventative care, as they are specially trained to perform colonoscopies. Colonoscopies are used to diagnose a wide range of digestive diseases, and are a common screening method for colon cancer. It is highly recommended that both women and men above the age of 50 get one every 10 years as a part of a proactive long-term health care plan. While other specialties are qualified to perform colonoscopies, getting yours done by a gastroenterologist means you have the benefit of being treated by an expert. They are less likely to miss the signs of colon cancer, and are better qualified to provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis and recommendation when it comes to your gastrointestinal health.
Gastroenterology Specialists in Bay Area
At BASS Medical Group, each of our GI specialists has extensive training in diagnosing and treating the following disorders of the digestive system:
- Abdominal pain
- Swallowing disorders
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Pancreaticobiliary disease
- Celiac Disease
- Other diseases of the esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, intestine, colon, and rectum
Our specialists are ready to help manage and treat any of the above disorders using the most current practices and technology. They are trained to perform the following procedures:
- Advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy
- Interventional endoscopic ultrasound
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- Endoscopic ablation treatment for Barrett’s Esophagus
- Endoscopic mucosal resection
- Luminal stent placement
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
From intestinal pain to chronic disease management, our GI specialists and their qualified staff are here to help with any digestive symptoms or problems you may be having. To receive quality, professional care please give us a call at (925) 350-4044 to schedule an appointment.