Science has long warned that longevity and overall health often relies heavily on the digestive system. Gastroenterology is the practice of diagnosing and treating disorders that affect this system, and in turn helping to keep patients' total health in check. If you suffer from conditions affecting the stomach, small or large intestine, esophagus, pancreas or gallbladder, you should be under the care of a qualified gastroenterologist.
Until recently, those within our region had to travel to Baton Rouge to find such a physician. We are pleased to now offer gastroenterology services here at Lane Regional Medical Center.
When Should You See a Gastroenterologist?
If you have been diagnosed with or suffer from any symptoms of the following, please consider scheduling an appointment with a gastroenterologist:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Acid reflux
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain syndrome
- Peptic ulcer disease
Additionally, it is recommended that patients age 50 or older schedule a colon cancer screening. The second-leading cancer in the U.S., colon cancer is also the most preventable given proper screening measures. Patients above the age of 50 are most at risk.