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What types of procedures does a gastroenterlogist surgeon perform?

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A gastroenterologist surgeon performs endoscopic procedures such as a colonoscopy, a sigmoidoscopy and an endoscopy, according to the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. A gastroenterologist can also perform an enteroscopy, an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and an endoscopic ultrasound.

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An additional procedure performed by a gastroenterologist surgeon is the percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy which involves placing a flexible feeding tube through the abdominal wall into the stomach with the assistance of an endoscope, explains the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

An endoscopy is a procedure that uses natural body openings to place tubes in the stomach or exam the rectum or colon with limited or no need for an incision, explains the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. An enteroscopy allows surgeons greater visualization of the small bowels and often includes the use of a wireless ingestible camera or double-balloon endoscope that is inserted in the mouth or in the rectum. Most patients need to be sedated for these procedures performed by a gastroenterologist surgeon.

Procedures performed by a gastroenterologist surgeon are commonly used to identify issues involving the stomach, liver, pancreas, colon or gallbladder, according to the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Endoscopes assist surgeons in evaluating the function of organs and diagnosing diseases or conditions present within the body.

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