Gastroenterology in Europe and Asia offers capsule endoscopy and hi-tech colon cancer programs
If you ever had a stomach ache, chances are, you know that gastroenterology deals with a digestive system and its disorders. Gastroenterologists focus their knowledge on such organs as the gastrointestinal tract, stomach, liver, pancreas, and colon. In 2012, in the U.S. alone almost 11 million people visited clinics due to abdominal pain while today in the UK over 100,000 people suffer from Crohn’s disease.
Conditions and diseases that are usually diagnosed and treated by gastroenterologists include:
- gastrointestinal bleeding
- liver disorders
- stomach disorders
- Crohn’s disease
Treatment options offered at hospitals across the globe encompass capsule endoscopy (pill-shaped camera swallowed by a patient that sends images to a special gastro-recorder during 8 hours), colonoscopy, liver biopsy, ERCP (endoscopic procedure which allows X-rays to be taken), EUS (endoscopic ultrasonography to examine lower and upper part of the gastrointestinal tract), and more.
5 questions to ask your gastroenterologist during your first appointment at an overseas clinic:
- What is your education/experience in gastroenterology?
- What type of diagnostic method will you be using?
- How does the follow-up care look like?
- How long will the treatment last and how much will it cost?
- What are possible side effects of the treatment?