Frequently Asked Questions

What is a gastroenterologist?
Gastroenterologist is a doctor who specialises in diagnosing and treating diseases of digestive organs. The digestive organs include the digestive tract-oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestine-as well as related organs-the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.

What are the common problems evaluated by a gastroenterologist?
Problems associated with the following areas are normally evaluated by a gastroenterologist are:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Persistent nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Heartburn
  • Swallowing trouble
  • Weight loss
  • Jaundice

What should I bring with me to my consultation appointment?
Bring a list of the medicines you are currently taking and the bottles. It is important for the physician to know the exact dosage your taking. We will need to make a copy of your insurance card and referral form ( if your insurance requires one). Copays are collected at check in. We accept cash, check, Mastercard, Visa & American Express.

What should I expect during my first visit?
At your first consultation appointment with the gastroenterologist your medical history, symptoms and referral from your GP will be evaluated and further tests or procedures will be arranged for you. You will usually be examined by the gastroenterologist with reference to your symptoms.

Are my medical records kept private and confidential?
Your medical file is handled with the utmost respect for your privacy. Our staff are bound by strict confidentiality requirements as a condition of employment regarding your medical records. Ordinarily we will not release the contents of your medical file without your consent.

At What Age Should Routine Colonoscopy Begin?
Routine colonoscopy to look for early signs of cancer should begin at age 50 for most people—earlier if there is a family history of colorectal cancer, a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, or other risk factors. The doctor can advise patients about how often to get a colonoscopy.