What is a gastroenterologist?
A gastroenterologist is a specialist of the digestive system.
Who should see a gastroenterologist? Patients with problems involving such things as trouble swallowing, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, change in bowel movements, diarrhea, constipation, blood in stool, abdominal pain, or colonoscopy screenings. Liver diseases (ex. hepatitis, fatty liver).
Who needs a colonoscopy?
Everyone at the age of 50 or earlier if they have family history of colon cancer or colon disease. If you are African American you should have a screening at the age of 45.
What is a colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy is a procedure to visualize the large intestine in search of any polyps or abnormalities. If any biopsies or removal of polyps are needed that will be done at the time of procedure.
Why do I need a consultation first?
It is important for us to get to know your medical history and also for you to meet our staff to make you feel comfortable and answer any questions you may have prior to your procedure.
What should I bring to my initial consult?
List of medications (including dosages and over the counter supplements), pertinent labs or diagnostic imaging, insurance cards and any referrals if insurance requires. Personal and family health history. Contact information for primary physicians & family member.