Notes About Digestive Diseases From The 2016 Los Angeles Gastroenterology Convention

What is gastroenterology? This was further discussed in the 2016 Los Angeles Gastroenterology Convention. It seems that many still have no clear idea what exactly this field of medicine includes and what diseases it evaluates and treats. Currently, there are approximately 70 million individuals in the United States who are diagnosed with digestive disorders yearly, and the numbers are still increasing every year. Just what parts of the body are involved when it comes to gastroenterology? If you’re planning to join a gastroenterology convention in the near future, then it would be advantageous for you to learn more about the field. Let us briefly discuss it here.


Gastroenterology Defined

It is a branch of Medicine that studies the normal function and conditions of the stomach, esophagus, small intestine, gallbladder, pancreas, bile ducts, liver, and the colon and rectum. The specialist, or the gastroenterologist, is expected to have extensive knowledge and comprehension of the physiology of the organs mentioned above. He also evaluates movement of the gastrointestinal tract so that healthy digestion, absorption, and removal of metabolic waste.

Diseases That Affect The Gastrointestinal System

  • gastric cancer
  • achalasia
  • Barret’s esophagus
  • cholecystitis
  • pancreatic cancer
  • pancreatitis
  • peptic ulcer
  • gastric cancer
  • colon polyps
  • hepatitis
  • gallbladder stones
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • colitis
  • other diseases

About The Gastroenterologist


He is a doctor that has specialized in conditions of the digestive system, someone who is trained to treat these conditions. They are the primary physicians to contact for those who have problems with their gastrointestinal system, and they play a crucial role in the physical wellness of the individuals with digestive diseases.

For a severe disease such as inflammatory bowel syndrome, the gastroenterologist is the leading man who gives primary care, gives most of the orders for tests and medication, and provides most of the assistance. There are also other members of the healthcare team that he is tasked to put together.