A gastroenterologist is a digestive disease specialist who treats the stomach, intestines, liver, gall bladder, pancreas and other areas of the gastrointestinal tract.
At Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, our team of experts is focused on helping to restore and maintain your digestive health.
Cause for Concern?
If you are currently experiencing painful or serve digestive problems such as blood in your stools, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, persistent diarrhea or prolonged constipation, it may be possible that you have a gastrointestinal disease.
However, not all digestive troubles are a sign of a serious condition. If you are experiencing mild or temporary symptoms such as abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea or excessive gas, your troubles could be connected to some other condition or illness.
Taking a Closer Look
After examining your symptoms and your medical history—including any prescription and over-the-counter medications that might be contributing to your condition—your gastroenterologist will give you a physical examination. If necessary, you may need laboratory tests, imaging tests or a diagnostic procedure such as a colonoscopy or endoscopy in which a flexible, lighted scope is used to view your internal organs.
Some of the diseases and conditions the gastroenterologists at WVMC routinely treat include gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome, gallstones, constipation, diarrhea, Crohn’s disease, cirrhosis, peptic ulcer, ulcerative colitis and more.
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