As experienced gastroenterologists in New York City, Dr. Jaffin and Dr. Weiss provide gastroenterology consultation services to patients from Manhattan's Upper West Side and throughout New York City, providing important information that can help patients understand their condition and their care and treatment options.
A gastroenterologist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, small intestine, colon and rectum.
A gastroenterology consultation appointment begins with a complete medical history that includes information about yourself as well as your immediate family members. The medical history will be reviewed to look for risk factors that could make you more prone to certain diseases and conditions. You'll also undergo an examination, which will include blood pressure readings and palpations of your belly to determine the source of pain and other symptoms. Diagnostic imaging like ultrasound or CT scan may be ordered, and you may also need to undergo a colonoscopy or endoscopy to gather more in-depth information. Once your exam is complete, you'll learn about the causes of your symptoms as well as your possible treatment options.
You should schedule a consultation appointment whenever you experience severe acute symptoms or chronic symptoms in your gastrointestinal tract, including:
bloody bowel movements
persistent bloating or distension
chronic or intermittent abdominal pain
severe acute abdominal pain
problems with swallowing
You can also schedule a consultation appointment to discuss current ongoing treatment including upcoming surgery or to get a second opinion of another diagnosis or treatment recommendation.
Yes, sometimes it can be a good idea to bring someone, especially if surgery or long-term treatment is being considered so you can have someone to act as a “second set of ears” to ask questions and take notes as needed so you're free to focus on the information that's being provided to you.