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Gastroenterologists specialize in all aspects of gastrointestinal disease. 

Gastrointestinal disease can affect the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver.

Marshfield Clinic Gastroenterologists diagnose and treat all diseases and conditions that affect the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

The GI tract is a system, beginning with the esophagus and ending with the anus, that processes food.

It extracts nutrients and expels waste.

Disease or other conditions can disrupt the process.

Gastroenterologists help determine where the problem is and recommend treatment options to patients.

You can solve some GI problems with diet and lifestyle changes. However, other​ situations require medicine to remedy.

In some cases, surgery may be the best option.

Gastroenterologists also perform preventive procedures such as colonoscopies, which is the best method of spotting colon cancer.

Most people age 50 and above need periodic colonoscopies to guard against colon cancer. Check with your doctor to see what’s right for you.

Some Gastroenterologists treat children.

Below are some of the conditions and treatments associated with Gastroenterologists.​

 Colonoscopy

What Do You Know About the Digestive System?

What happens to that cheeseburger and fries (or, we hope, that whole wheat bread and green salad) you had for lunch? During the digestive process, food is converted into energy that's used by your body. Take this quiz to see how much you know about how digestion works.

1. How does food move through your digestive tract?
2. Where does most of the digestive process take place?
3. What does the liver do to help digestion?
4. Which of these can harm the intestinal lining?
5. Which of these best maintains intestinal health?
6. Which of these can cause heartburn?
7. Which of these causes ulcers?
8. Food poisoning is caused by eating contaminated food. How can it be prevented?
9. How does age affect digestion?