Gastroenterology - Specialist Visit

This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the digestive tract.




This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the digestive tract.



.This is an office visit with a healthcare provider who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the stomach, intestines, esophagus, liver, gallbladder and pancreas. This specialty is known as gastroenterology.

Gastroenterologists treat conditions such as:

  • Colon polyps and cancer
  • Chronic constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain
  • Hepatitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (also known as GERD)
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Stomach ulcer disease
  • Colitis (inflammation in the bowels)
  • Gallbladder and liver disease
  • Nutritional problems
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)

Your primary care physician is in the best position to coordinate your health care needs and help you make the best decisions regarding your healthcare. Therefore, it is usually best to start with your primary care provider before you see a specialist.

  • If you are referred to a specialist, check to make sure they are an in-network provider.
  • Although a specialist is an expert in their field, you know your preferences and your body better than anyone else.
  • Therefore, make sure you are an active participant in the decisions made about your healthcare. This is known as shared decision-making.

What questions should I ask the specialist?

  • What additional training have you completed?
  • Do I need any special tests? What are the benefits and risks of having the tests?
  • Will the tests change your treatment recommendations? If not, is there a need for them?
  • Can my symptoms be controlled with medications? If so, are their Tier 1 or Tier 2 medications on my Prescription Drug List that I should take? How long will I need to take these medications? What are the side effects of my medications?
  • If a procedure or surgery is recommended, what is my diagnosis and reason for the recommendation?
  • Are there any conservative, non-surgical alternatives to the procedure or surgery?
  • Why are you recommending one treatment over another? What are potential complications if I decide against the procedure or surgery?
  • If a procedure or surgery is recommended, how many years have you been performing them? How many have you done? What are your typical results after surgery?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Stomach Doctor
Specialist
Office Visit
GI Doctor
Gastroenterology - Specialist Visit
Consultation


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