Frequently asked questions
What does a gastroenterologist treat?
Gastroenterology (GI) is a specialized area of medicine that focuses on the GI tract. Some gastroenterologists treat general diseases of the GI. Others focus on a particular type of gastroenterology. Some possible areas of emphasis are: hepatology, which focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree, and pancreas. Other GI physicians focus on inflammatory bowel disease, or other chronic inflammation of your digestive tract.
How do I know if I should get a colonoscopy?
The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that people at average risk* of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45.
*For screening, people are considered to be at average risk if they do not have:
A personal history of colorectal cancer or certain types of polyps
A family history of colorectal cancer
A personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease)
A confirmed or suspected hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome, such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or Lynch syndrome (hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer or HNPCC)
A personal history of getting radiation to the abdomen (belly) or pelvic area to treat a prior cancer
I don't have insurance will the Dr. still see me?
We don't turn anyone away because of lack of insurance. Our collection team will make payment arrangements to accomodate your income.