Are you anxious about your first appointment with a gastroenterologist? What to expect at your first gastroenterology consultation would really depend on your symptoms, but for the most part, it is quite like visiting your regular doctor. Your vital signs are checked (blood pressure, temperature, etc.), the gastroenterologist discusses your symptoms, performs a physical examination, and may order some tests or procedures.
To look for any pathology inside the upper GI tract, an upper endoscopy may have to be scheduled. A colonoscopy may be required to evaluate the lower GI tract. Some patients are apprehensive prior to undergoing these procedures, but afterwards report experiencing only minimal discomfort during the procedure and agree that their anxiety was unwarranted. These procedures are generally performed under mild sedation, but may also be performed without any sedation whatsoever.
An ultrasound is another diagnostic study that may be ordered by your gastroenterologist. You simply lie on a table and a small gadget is moved over your abdomen to evaluate your stomach, gallbladder, etc. to identify any underlying abnormality.
To prepare for your first gastroenterology consultation, note down your symptoms in detail as well as what worsens your condition and what makes it better. Your doctor will also want to know what medications you are on and if you have made any recent changes to your lifestyle or diet. Also, be prepared with a list of questions related to your condition that you would like to have answered.
If you have been experiencing an upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea, excessive gas, belching, or inability to digest certain types of foods, and these symptoms are interfering with your daily activities, then a gastroenterology consultation may be able to provide insight into your condition and help you get started on the road to recovery.
Greater Houston Gastroenterology is the largest gastroenterology group in the Houston metropolitan area providing personalized care to patients from The Woodlands and North Houston to Sugar Land, Richmond, Pearland, and Angleton areas of Texas.