Dr. Buentello has been trained in two medical specialties.
Gastroenterology is a subspecialty of internal medicine that is focused on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and management of disorders and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract), digestive system and related structures. This includes the organs and structures from the mouth to the anus that are involved in the ingestion or digestion of foods, as well as those involved in the excretion of processed biological materials.
Gastroenterologists are able to treat a wide range of diseases and disorders ranging from the very common to the very rare. These may include heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gallstones, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastrointestinal cancers, among other disorders. When diagnosing these disorders gastroenterologists rely on a variety of techniques and procedures, including colonoscopies, biopsies, esophageal dilation, endoscopies, X-rays and various other diagnostic procedures.
After a successful diagnosis of the condition or disease, gastroenterologists will personalize a treatment and management plan for each patient. For example, if a patient is diagnosed with IBS (a long term, chronic condition that causes patients to suffer recurring bouts of abdominal pain and diarrhea or constipation), the physician must tailor a treatment and management plan that is unique to the patient, based on their specific medical situation. This may include suggestions with regard to diet and exercise, the prescription of medications, and in some cases, surgery.
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Pediatric gastroenterology is a medical specialty that provides medical care to infants, children and adolescents for disorders and diseases of the gastrointestinal system (digestive system) and liver. Pediatric gastroenterologists are often consulted when primary care physicians such as family practitioners or pediatricians are unable to diagnose or properly treat a disorder of the digestive system or liver, such as Crohn’s disease or liver disease.
Pediatric gastroenterologists may be consulted to diagnose children suffering from a variety of different symptoms and diseases including chronic diarrhea or constipation, lactose intolerance, vomiting, food intolerance, gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel diseases (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), liver disease and celiac disease, among many other diseases and complications. Pediatric gastroenterologists are also trained in nutrition, and can advise children and parents on healthy diets and food choices to minimize complications of the digestive system.
When diagnosing children for problems of the gastrointestinal system, these physicians employ a host of different procedures and diagnostic tests. These may include utilizing endoscopic procedures to explore the digestive tract (such as a colonoscopy), as well as taking biopsies (tissue samples) to be examined for signs of disease. Often times, pediatric gastroenterologists will work alongside the child’s primary care provider, as well as working closely with parents or guardians to explain the child’s condition and recommended treatment plan.
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