Dr. Sachin Palnitkar, a well-practiced Gastroenterologist in Pune says,
“A doctor who practices in diseases of the digestive system is known as a gastroenterologist.”
They have comprehensive training in the analysis and practice of conditions that affect the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and biliary system (liver, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts).
Gastroenterologists have complete knowledge of how food moves through the digestive tract and the physical and chemical break down of food (digestion), including the intake of nutrients and the removal of waste products.
Dr. Sachin Palnitkar is trained in all aspects of Gastrointestinal Emergencies viz. Gastrointestinal Bleed, Medical Management of all Acute Abdominal Conditions, Liver Failure, Chronic Liver Disease & it’s Complications, Biliary and Pancreatic Problems. He is also trained in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy (Banding, Electrocoagulation, Dilatation, Foreign Body Removal, Feeding Tube Placement, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy).
Dr. Sachin Palnitkar completed his MD training in Internal Medicine from INHS Asvini in Mumbai (2009-12). He stood first in the MD exam held on Jan 2012 and was honored with a Gold Medal by Maharashtra Health University.
He is trained in one of the pioneer institutes of Liver Transplant in South India for 3 years & practiced there as a consultant Hepatologist & had a real-time experience of handling more than 250 liver transplant patients in the span of last 4 years. Throughout his DNB training, he observed, assisted in and did all diagnostic and therapeutic GI procedures including gastroscopies, colonoscopies, ERCP, motility studies, manometry, and pH studies.
A special area of interest is Fatty Liver, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Auto-Immune Hepatitis, Hepatitis B & C Infections & Drug-Induced Liver Injury (D.I.L.I).
He is well familiarized with newer Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Imaging Techniques viz. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Spiral, and Three-Dimensional CT, Virtual Endoscopy.
Gastroenterologists specialize in the evaluation, examination, control, and practice of the following signs and conditions:
- Abdominal pain and discomfort
- Bleeding in the digestive tract
- Cancer (colorectal cancer, stomach [gastric] cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer)
- Constipation and diarrhea
- Gallbladder disease
- Heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Hiatal hernias
- Pain in the digestive tract (gastritis)
- Liver disease (hepatitis, jaundice)
- Malabsorption disorders (celiac disease, lactose intolerance)
- Upset Stomach
- Nausea, vomiting
- Unexplained weight loss