Gastroenterology is the medical study of the digestive system and related disorders. Hepatology is a branch of medicine concerned with the study, prevention, diagnosis and management of diseases that affect the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree and pancreas.
These two studies are often related to each other since both branches of medicine generally focus on the organs of the digestive system. The organs of the digestive system are the mouth, stomach, intestines, oesophagus, and anus. Also included are the pancreas, gallbladder, and the liver.
At OT&P, we have a gastroenterologist and hepatologist available in-house to provide comprehensive treatment for patients with digestive issues.
Many of our patients are referred to us after a consultation with a general practitioner or other specialist. If you have unexplained blood in your stool, difficulty in swallowing, and abdominal pain, your doctor may suggest seeing a gastroenterologist/hepatologist.
If you're over the age of 50, you'll be at higher risk for colon cancer, especially if your family has a history of it. We highly recommend people in this age group meet with a gastroenterologist for preventive care. If caught early through screening, it can prevent complications.