10 Questions to ask your Gastroenterologist

  • Are you a board-certified gastroenterologist (specialist in diseases of the GI tract)? Did you complete a fellowship or have special training?
  • Where do you have hospital privileges?
  • About how many colonoscopies have you performed? About how many do you perform each month?
  • When performing a colonoscopy, can you remove polyps during the procedure?
  • Can you explain the benefits and side effects of the different types of treatments?
  • Does my condition increase my risk for developing any other medical problems?
  • What types of lifestyle and dietary changes may be helpful to manage my condition during and after treatment?
  • Should I be seeing any other health care professionals, such as a nutritionist or dietitian, in coordination with seeing you? If so, can you recommend one to me?
  • Where can I read more about my condition?
  • Do I need to make any follow-up appointments with you or any other specialist?

Last Update: April 28, 2010

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