Is colon cancer preventable?
Yes, a colonoscopy may detect polyps (small growths on the lining of the colon). Your gastroenterologist will remove these polyps during the colonoscopy. Removal of polyps will result in a major reduction in the likelihood of developing colorectal cancer in the future.
What is a gastroenterologist?
A gastroenterologist is a physician who specializes in the gastrointestinal tract (including the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine) and other digestive organs (liver, pancreas, bile ducts, and gall bladder). Gastroenterologists see patients in the hospital and clinic, and also perform endoscopic procedures (e.g., upper endoscopy and colonoscopy). All of The Gastro Clinic Gastroenterologists are board certified and highly trained. They completed four years of medical school, three years of internal medicine residency, and between two and four years of gastroenterology fellowship.
Why do I need to see a gastroenterologist?
If you are 45 years or older, have a family history of GI cancer, or if you have complained to your family doctor about digestive problem such as frequent abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, or heartburn, something is affecting your digestive system.
Do gastroenterologists perform surgery?
No. Gastroenterologists perform endoscopic procedures, but do not perform surgery. When necessary, they work closely with surgeons.
scheduling a visit
How do I make an appointment?
Call our office at (337) 232-6697 and if you need a referring physician, he or she should simply fax a request. Upon receipt, one of our In-take Coordinators will review the request and our scheduling office will call you to schedule the appointment. Since Gastroenterology clinics’ schedules fill up quickly, please plan ahead. If you have already been seen in the clinic within the past three years, you may schedule a return appointment by calling (337) 232-6697.
Do I need a referral to schedule an appointment?
Yes and no, most insurances require all new patients to have a referral from a physician prior to scheduling an appointment. Usually you are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. This time is spent clarifying information and completing any other paperwork.
What insurance plans are accepted?
We accept all insurance plans except Medicaid, TriWest, Wellcare, and Workman’s Comp.
Do you treat children and adults?
How much will a clinic visit cost?
What should I bring to my appointment?
Where are you located?
We’ve expanded our locations to help better serve patients across Acadiana. You can see our full list of locations and hours of operations here.