5 Questions to Ask Your Gastroenterologist
Have you been referred to a gastroenterologist and you don’t know what to ask? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions to ask your gastroenterologist at Vanguard Gastroenterology. For more information, please call us or request an appointment online. We have two locations to serve you in New York, NY!
Table of Contents:
What can a GI doctor diagnose and treat?
Do you need to perform any endoscopic or invasive tests?
What are the signs of a serious complication?
Should I change my diet or medication?
How can you treat my condition?
Are you going to be seeing a gastroenterologist soon? If so, you may want to go into the consultation with some questions for the professional. With the right questions, you’ll be able to learn exactly how the professional can help you, and by asking these questions, you’ll help communicate your needs to the professional. Vanguard Gastroenterology has these questions for you. Here are five questions to ask your gastroenterologist!
A GI doctor (a gastroenterologist) can diagnose and treat health conditions that occur in the gastrointestinal system. This includes conditions with the esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, etc. For example, a gastroenterologist can diagnose and treat irritable bowel syndrome, hepatitis, gastrointestinal cancer, and more. A gastroenterologist may also be able to help diagnose and treat related conditions, like food allergies. Most patients are unaware of everything a gastroenterologist can help with, but by asking about this, you’ll get a better idea of what the professional can do for you.
To diagnose a health condition in the gastrointestinal system, a gastroenterologist can perform certain tests, like an endoscopic ultrasound, colonoscopy, liver biopsy, or another test. Most of these tests are only minimally invasive. You’ll want to know which test or tests you’ll need and what to expect, so you should ask about tests. With a test like an endoscopy, a long, flexible tube is inserted down the patient’s throat and into the esophagus, and sometimes a biopsy is performed at the same time. If you need an endoscopy, you might want to ask if you need a biopsy too.
When a gastroenterologist performs tests, the professional will look for signs of complications, like polyps and signs of cancer. If the gastroenterologist sees anything, the professional will tell you about it, but you’ll want to be clear about whether the signs could indicate something serious. You’ll also want to know about whether a complication could become worse.
If the gastroenterologist sees signs of an issue, you’ll definitely want to know what could be causing the issue. In many patient cases, the culprit is the patient’s diet or medication. For instance, a condition like eosinophilic esophagitis may be caused or complicated by a diet with wheat, milk, egg, nuts, soy, fish, or shellfish in it. For this condition, a gastroenterologist may suggest an elimination diet, and the professional may also suggest avoiding aspirin or adjusting a different medication. For a different condition, the professional may suggest something similar.
Diet and medication changes can help many patients, but they may not be enough to treat a patient. It might also be necessary for a patient to do a weight management program or get a treatment like infusion therapy. With infusion therapy, a patient can receive drugs or medicine via a catheter or needle, and this can help treat a severe or chronic condition that may not respond to oral antibiotics. For example, certain types of cancers, some gastrointestinal tract infections, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and inflammatory bowel disease may be treated with infusion therapy.
We hope you find those five questions helpful! If you’d like to ask us those questions, you can call us here at our clinic. We may be able to answer some questions over the phone, or we can answer all of your questions during a consultation at our clinic. During your consultation, we’ll also ask you about your needs and tell you exactly how we can help you here at Vanguard Gastroenterology. We serve patients from New York NY, Midtown NY, Queens NY, Brooklyn NY, The Bronx NY, East Elmhurst NY, Ridgewood NY, Valley Stream NY, and Staten Island NY.
We hope to hear from you soon!