When you find that you need are in need of gastroenterology services, you may find yourself a little worried, but it doesn’t have to be a scary process. Consider these tips, and the decision will be a breeze.
Get a Referral
Most likely it was your primary medical doctor that suggested you see the GI doctor, and he or she should have given you a list of referrals to consider. However, this is not the only list you have to consult. Friends, families, and coworkers are all a good source for referrals as well.
Do Your Research
When you have narrowed down your referral list to a couple of choices, do a little research about your candidates. Check to see that they are board certified in gastroenterology and that they have no disciplinary actions against them.
Find Out Where They Do Surgery
Your gastroenterology doctor will have rights or be affiliated at a particular hospital. It is important that you feel comfortable being treated where the doctor can do procedures. You will want to be sure that it is a high-quality care center and that it is within your insurance network.
Review the Reviews
Try to find a few patient satisfaction reviews to consider. There are many websites that where people can grade their doctor’s performance, and it can be very enlightening to take a look at what is being said. Try not to rule out a doctor by one bad review though, especially if they have plenty of other glowing ones on the list.
Schedule a Consult
Once you have you have done your research; it is time to schedule a consult with the gastroenterologist that you have chosen. It is a good idea to have two or three backup choices as well in case your first choice isn’t taking new patients or isn’t able to see you in the time frame that your primary doctor has recommended. It is always okay to seek a second opinion if you are concerned about a treatment plan or you just don’t feel comfortable with the doctor after the initial consult. It is important that you feel completely confident with your physician.
The gastroenterology doctors at Digestive Disease Consultants in Jacksonville always strive to offer the best care by combining cutting-edge technology with top-notch patient care. If you are in need of a consult, please feel free to contact our office and speak with one of our knowledgeable and friendly patient representatives.