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What is a gastroenterologist? A gastroenterologist is a physician who specializes in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

When to visit

When would you see a gastroenterologist? Patients with stomach or intestinal problems or digestive disorders see a gastroenterologist.

What to expect

What would you expect during a visit with a gastroenterologist? During the first visit, the gastroenterologist will get your medical history and symptoms. Most likely the doctor will schedule a test of your upper and lower GI tract. Depending on those results, or your doctor’s methodology, they may wait to schedule a colonoscopy and/or endoscopy or they may go ahead and schedule everything right away. The gastroenterologist’s decisions will largely depend on your complaints and symptoms.

How often to visit

How often should you visit a gastroenterologist? The frequency of your follow-up visits and sick visits will depend on the nature and severity of your condition. It also depends on how often you have problems.

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