Edinburgh Gastroenterology
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What We Do / Patient Information

What do Gastroenterologists do?

Gastroenterologists specialise in looking after people with a broad range of problems related to the digestive system, including the diagnosis and treatment of diseases involving the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine (colon), liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.

Will I need an endoscopy?

The diagnosis of digestive disorders is usually made by careful assessment of the patient's story, combined with physical examination, and where appropriate specialised investigation which may include endoscopy, as well as imaging techniques such as ultrasound, CT and MRI scanning. The majority of digestive problems can be successfully managed with dietary and lifestyle modification combined with appropriate medication. Gastroenterologists also perform endoscopic (through the telescope) treatments for a number of conditions. Fortunately most digestive disorders nowadays do not require surgical treatment, but we work closely with specialist surgical colleagues for cases where surgical treatment may be an option, or necessary.

What are the common problems that a Gastroenterologist can help with?

Follow the links to the right for a brief description of the commonest problems that we see in our day-to-day practice. Please note this is not a comprehensive list nor is it intended as a guide to diagnosis.

If you have any of these problems or other persistent gut symptoms please see your family doctor to discuss whether you should be referred to a specialist. If you would like to enquire about an appointment with one of Edinburgh Gastroenterology's consultants please click here for further information.