Gastroenterologists are physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating disorders of the digestive system, including the esophagus, stomach, large and small intestines, liver and pancreas. All physicians at Gastroenterology Associates are board certified in gastroenterology.
Our practice is a member of Medical Group of the Carolinas (MGC), a large multi-specialty physician group serving Upstate South Carolina and parts of North Carolina. MGC doctors are dedicated to meeting your healthcare needs, from wellness and prevention to the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses.
Colorectal cancer is the number two cancer killer in the United States. It is preventable, however. The American Cancer Society reports that less than 50 percent of those over age 50 have been screened. Colonoscopy is generally the preferred screening procedure because it allows the physician to examine the entire colon. Also, any polyps that are detected can be removed during the procedure so that the patient doesn’t have to schedule another visit.
Studies show that regular colonoscopies can prevent 76-90 percent of colon cancer. Patients with an average risk of colorectal cancer should have their first colonoscopy at age 50 and be screened again every 10 years thereafter. However, family history may increase your risk. Your physician can determine whether you should be tested at an earlier age or more frequently.
Although following your doctor’s recommendations for regular screening is the best way to prevent colorectal cancer, the American Cancer Society also recommends the following:
- Eat a variety of healthy foods, with an emphasis on plant sources
- Eat five or more servings of a variety of fruits and vegetables each day
- Choose whole grains
- Limit consumption of red meat
- Adopt a physically active lifestyle
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
- If you drink alcoholic beverages, limit consumption
EGD is performed to detect cancers, ulcers and sources of bleeding in the upper digestive tract. A thin scope is used to examine the esophagus and stomach. Physicians may also perform an EGD to help stretch out a constricted esophagus using a balloon.
Please arrive 15-20 minutes before your appointment to fill out your medical history and registration forms. You may also be provided a health assessment or questionnaire to complete in advance of your visit. To cancel an appointment, please notify us 24 hours in advance so we can make the appointment available to another patient.
What to bring with you:
- Current medications
- Medication reconciliation form, if needed
- Photo ID, insurance, Medicare or Medicaid ID card
- Co-payment, if required by your insurance provider
- Prior medical records, including documentation of any allergies, chronic conditions, treatments or surgeries
- Questions for your doctor
Current patients can schedule appointments by phone, or use the MyChart patient portal or app to see available times.
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If you are a patient currently using MyChart, you may be able to request a refill through the app or online portal. For prescriptions not available in MyChart, please make an appointment so a physician can evaluate if the medications need to be changed. It could take up to 24-48 business hours for a refill to be submitted.
Our practices use an electronic health record system that allows for a seamless patient experience through improved communications, timeliness, patient information storage and portability. This system, called MyChart, will allow you to view medications, allergies, health issues and recent visits.
To obtain or transfer detailed medical records to another practice, please contact the Medical Records Office at 864-560-6273.
Insurance & Billing
We are participating providers for most medical insurance plans. Because there are a variety of options, please contact your insurance company or one of our patient access representatives to ensure our practice is a provider for your plan. Please remember to bring your insurance card with you.
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We request payment for all office visits at the time of service. Co-pays are required for all insured patients. If you have questions about fees, our office or Physicians Billing Service will be glad to assist you at 864-560-4413 or 877-596-2455.