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.
Your first visit to our office will be a consultation visit only; you are not required to fast. If any diagnostic testing is deemed necessary, it will be scheduled for another day.
For more information, click here on Gastroenterology Services.
Some of the most common procedures we perform are explained below:
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.
A physician is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Electronic Medical Records
We use MyChart, an electronic medical record (EMR) system that allows information to be accessed rapidly and shared with nurses, technicians, and other healthcare professionals involved in your care, and prescriptions to be transmitted directly to your pharmacy.
Insurance & Billing
We request payment of all office visits at the time of service. Co-pays are required for all insured patients.
If you have questions concerning fees, our office or Physicians Billing Service at 864-560-4304 or 877-596-2455 will be glad to assist you.
We are participating providers for most medical insurance plans. Because there are a wide variety of insurance options, please contact your insurance company directly or one of our patient access representatives, to ensure our practice is a provider for your plan.
Please remember to bring your insurance card.
Our office staff will work with you to file insurance claims promptly. If your insurance requires a referral, please bring it with you to your appointment.