Gastroenterology Consultation Specialist

Blair S. Lewis, MD, PC -  - Gastroenterologist

Blair S. Lewis, MD, PC

Gastroenterologist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

As a top-rated gastroenterologist in New York City, Dr. Lewis helps patients understand their condition and their care and treatment options with one-on-one gastroenterology consultation appointments at his practice on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Gastroenterology Consultation Q & A

by Blair S. Lewis, MD, PC

What is a gastroenterologist?

A gastroenterologist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing, treating and preventing illnesses, diseases and conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, gallbladder, liver, duodenum, pancreas, small intestine, large intestine (colon) and rectum. Gastroenterologists are skilled in diagnostic exams and screenings as well as minimally invasive and traditional surgical procedures.

What happens during a gastroenterology consultation?

During your visit, you'll be asked about your concerns and any symptoms you may be experiencing, and you'll also need to provide a complete personal and family medical history to help identify potential risk factors for gastrointestinal illnesses and diseases. You'll also have an exam, which may include gently pressing on your abdomen to determine if there are any areas of tenderness or distension (bloating). Diagnostic tests may be ordered, which can include blood tests, stool samples and diagnostic imaging tests like x-rays, CT scans or ultrasounds. Minimally-invasive procedures like colonoscopy or endoscopy may also be ordered to look inside your GI tract. Depending on whether you need further testing, a treatment plan may be discussed during your consultation during a subsequent visit once test results have been obtained. Plus, of course, you'll have plenty of time to learn about your condition and ask plenty of questions about possible treatment options.

How can I tell if I need a consultation appointment?

Any time you experience symptoms like chronic abdominal pain or problems with bloating, heartburn or bowel changes, you should call the office to schedule a gastroenterology consultation. If you have a family or personal history of colonic polyps or other risk factors for colon cancer, it's also important to call the office and ask about the need for screening. You can also schedule a consultation appointment to discuss current treatment or simply to discuss concerns about your GI health.

 

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