What is gastroenterology?
Gastroenterology is a medical specialty that studies the digestive system, its disorders and abnormalities, as well as their treatment. Other organs may also be examined by the gastroenterologist such as the esophagus, small intestine, colon, rectum, anus, liver, bile ducts and pancreas. Given the importance of the digestive system to your health, it is recommended that you consult your doctor as soon as any digestive problem appears.
When should I see a gastroenterologist?
Most often, gastroenterology consultation is recommended in the presence of one of the following symptoms:
However, other pathologies can cause digestive problems, such as:
This is why it is of the utmost importance not to take these symptoms lightly and to consult a specialist without delay so that they can identify the origin of the problem.
How important is a gastroenterology consultation?
The gastroenterology consultation gives you and your doctor the opportunity to discuss your medical condition in depth so that you are well informed about the disease, its prognosis and all the treatment options available to you. This will help you make informed decisions about your healthcare and understand the nature and duration of treatment as well as the length of your recovery.
Usually, your doctor will schedule an appointment for you after they finish your exam and receive your test results. The medical consultation is a great time to ask questions and discuss any concerns about your health with your doctor. To prepare for the consultation, write down your questions on a piece of paper. Your doctor is there to listen to you, answer your questions and give you the best advice according to your medical situation.
Can I bring a family member or loved one to my consultation appointment?
Absolutely, even this is recommended, especially if you are feeling nervous, hypertensive or anxious. Having a family member or loved one present can also help you take notes or improve communication with your doctor.
Should I request a “second opinion” consultation?
Patients should not rely on just one medical opinion, especially when there is a serious diagnosis or surgery. Doctors even encourage the use of a second medical opinion to ensure that the first diagnosis is correct. This is why we ask you, before any consultation, to send us the results of all your previous examinations as well as the list of your medications. We will then perform our own tests and exams and provide you with the results and a recommendation for treatment.
Make an appointment …
Call us now for a gastroenterology consultation and for better health of your digestive system. Our UNION MD network in downtown Montreal, on Rue Jean-Talon (corner Lucerne), Laval, West Island, Gatineau and Ottawa, is here to serve you. Our doctors and specialists will help you see more clearly.