Your Symptoms are Saying: It’s Time to See a Specialist in Colon and GI Issues

If you have been experiencing diarrhea, vomiting, pain, or other abdominal issues, you may wonder which doctor to consult for stomach problems. These symptoms could indicate a colon or gastrointestinal issue. The best way to know if you are dealing with a digestive condition is to consult with a skilled and practiced specialist in colon and GI issues.

At GVS, we have an entire team of gastroenterology specialists dedicated to precision diagnosis, compassionate care, and advanced treatment approaches.

When to See a Doctor for Digestive Problems

The colon and GI tract comprise your digestive system. The healthy functioning of the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, small intestine, and colon (as part of the large intestine) is essential for processing food to fuel the body.

When your digestive system isn’t working properly, you can experience the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

If you’ve been having these symptoms on a regular basis, you should schedule a consultation with a colon and GI specialist.

What Does a Gastroenterologist do on a First Visit?

In addition to going over any gastroenterology symptoms you may be experiencing, your gastroenterology specialist will discuss your medical history and perform a physical exam. Depending on the conclusions of your visit, further diagnostic tests may be recommended (colonoscopy, upper GI series, endoscopic ultrasound, CT and MRI scans, etc.)

What Are Common Digestive Disorder Diagnoses?

Because there are a variety of disorders and diseases that affect the digestive system, it’s important to consult with a specialist in colon and GI issues. Visiting with an expert who specializes in conditions affecting the digestive system can ensure you receive a proper diagnosis. Also, in many cases, early intervention is important to the success of treatment.

Some of the more common digestive diagnoses include:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Gallstones
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Diverticulitis
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Ulcerative colitis

If you are concerned that you may be exhibiting symptoms of a colon or GI condition, consult with our physicians now! Or, call us to learn more at 574-236-1888—it’s time!

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