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What is Gastroenterologist?

A specialist doctor dealing with problems of the gastrointestinal tract. They study the physiology or organs & mobility of food in esophagus, small intestine, stomach, pancreas, bile ducts, colon & rectum, gallbladder and liver.

Common conditions are hepatitis, gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn), peptic ulcer disease, gallbladder and biliary tract disease, irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) & pancreatitis

What is GERD?

GERD is Gastroesophageal Reflux disease, which causes patients to have gastric discomfort.

Stats:

One in every 5 individuals suffers from GERD anytime in their life.

Symptoms:

Gastric discomfort that can produce symptoms such as burping, excessive flatulence, pain or burning sensation over chest and stomach region (epigastric), feeling of uneasiness, reflux of acid or food eaten with taste in mouth after meals, nausea or vomiting.

Treatment:

The mainstay of treatment is to detect the cause of the problem and understand triggers, accordingly treatment plans are devised to improve overall health and well-being of gut. Often other tests may also be necessary to cut risks of diet-related illnesses that may co-exist.

Prognosis:

Most cases are controlled and improve with treatment. Medications may be prescribed short-term or lifelong, but improvement is quite clear.

What is H.pylori infection?

Helicobacter pylori or h.pylori is a bacteria that causes an infection in the stomach lining.

Stats:

A very common infection affecting more than 1 million every year in India.

Symptoms:

  • Belching
  • Bloating
  • Epigastric (chest) pain or discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Foul odour from mouth

Treatment:

Antibiotics are the chosen gold standard of treatment and as such many options exist, depending on the patient’s allergy status. Gastroenterologist or Stomach Doctor will also prescribe antacid to ease the stomach lining irritations and help in fighting off the infection successfully. The regimen consists of 3 medications and hence is called triple therapy kit. It continues for 14 days and then testing is done to make sure all infection is eradicated.

Prognosis:

​Recovery may take few months and healing is rapid. Therapy is usually successful with lesser chances of relapse.

What is PEPTIC ULCER/ GASTRIC ULCERS?

Ulcers in the stomach are erosion of the natural mucosal layer or innermost lining of the stomach and pylorus(small intestine).

Stats:

Stomach ulcers are a common incidence with 1 million people affected every year in India.

Symptoms:

  • Belching
  • Bloating
  • Epigastric (chest) pain or discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain

Treatment:

A simple procedure called endoscopy is performed to check for the location and state of the ulcer. Risk of perforation always exists and hence treatment is started soonest. An antacid is prescribed to take care of the stomach irritation and prevent perforation. Endoscopy also reveals other nearby ulcers and shows their morphology, Stomach ulcers may need ligation surgery to heal or may heal themselves if the ulcer is not too deep into the mucosal lining of the stomach. Peptic ulcers are more vigorous and located in the small intestine. These may require a course of medications to heal well too.

Prognosis:

​Recovery may take few months and healing is slow. The mainstay is lifestyle modification with avoidance of triggering foods like oily, spicy, caffeinated beverages, etc. Very few patients might require surgery to repair the ulcer and this is only often when bleeding or perforation causes life-threatening complications rarely.

What is Piles?

Piles (Ano-rectal/Anal Fissure, Fistula, Hemorrhoids) is a collective group of problems of the anus, rectum and anal sphincter with different stages of abnormalities.

Stats:

At least one out of every 3 persons has been affected with some form of piles at some point in their lifespan.

Symptoms:

Bleeding, pain and itching along with a lump around the anal site are the top common symptoms reported by patients. However, constipation is found to be another sign common to the group, which can cause these problems.

Treatment:

A full physical examination with a detailed history helps in diagnosing and treating the type of piles. Treatment is often based on the cause and a Gastroenterologist will provide the best therapy. Options range from ointments to stool softeners, or home treatments like Sitz baths to control the spread, while precautions are maintained to eat enough fibre food and water to avoid constipation and further worsening of the issue.

Prognosis:

Most cases are controlled and improve with treatment. Medications are usually prescribed short-term and improvement is quite clear. Very few cases may require surgery and even then condition gets better soon after recovery.

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