Tips For Patients

Choosing The Right Gastroenterologist

1 Jan , 2016  

Being constipated is one thing we can live without. When your bowels aren’t moving as they should, it can affect your whole day and could be indicative of a more serious medical problem. Even a little off track means your body isn’t eliminating bodily waste. The time between your bowel movements can vary. It really depends on each person. How do you know if it is something more serious and you should see a gastroenterologist?

Waiting to have a bowel movement for longer than three days is too long. That’s when the stool or feces harden more and is then not easy to pass. Some symptoms could be you feel uncomfortable and bloated. Abdominal pain, small stools that are hard. In rare cases, there could be some vomiting.

Choosing a gastroenterologist is as important as the medical doctor you chose to have as your doctor. Your doctor may recommend someone, but doing a little homework on your own will allow you a peace of mind.Gastroenterologists are doctors who receive dedicated training in dealing with your stomach, intestines and bowels.

They specialize in using an endoscopy (upper endoscopy, colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy. An effective way to see down the throat is with the endoscopy. It’s a narrow flexible tubes with lights and video camera. The doctor can see any and take pictures of your esophagus and into your stomach. The doctor can do an esophageal and intestinal dilation which is stretching a narrowed area. They can do a hemostasis, which is an injection or cautery to stop any bleeding. It’s done while under sedating medications to keep the patient comfortable. The Gastroenterologists will interpret the findings and biopsy results.

As Gastroenterologists (GI Doctor) they receive dedicated training to complete both high quality and comprehensive care for each of their patients. It is their research involving every aspect the procedures that allow gastroenterologists to perform exact tests that are needed. The colonoscopy is also a small flexible tube with a light and video camera that is placed in rectum to see any polyps, or any other abnormalities within the bowel and large intestines. A gastroenterologist will be able to provide more complete and accurate care with gastrointestinal conditions.

To determine what GI doctor is right for you is important and serious, depending on your problems.

• Is the doctor recommended by your medical doctor?

• Have other patients recommended them?

• Is their office affiliated with a hospital or in with other doctors?

• Is the office friendly and helpful?

• Does the GI doctor take time to explain what is going on?

• Do you feel comfortable with the GI doctor?

• How long has the doctor been practicing as a gastroenterologists and can you go on line and find out more information?

When you suspect a problem, don’t hesitate to seek a GI doctor. It could be more serious and even a disease. They specialize in helping patients feel better by providing a treatment for their problem. Ask questions and do a little research.

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