What to Expect at a GI Visit
Gastrointestinal issues can can make you feel miserable on a daily basis, with symptoms such as burning in the throat and chest, stomach cramping, and abdominal pain. Chronic heartburn, ulcers, gallstones and other digestive disorders can have a wide range of symptoms that vary in intensity with each patient and with each day.
A gastroenterologist, a doctor who specializes in disorders of the digestive system, can help diagnose and treat digestive pain and discomfort. In addition to assessing your symptoms, gastroenterologists may perform diagnostic procedures, such as an endoscopy or colonoscopy. Both of these procedures allow the doctor to look inside the digestive tract to help discover any problems.
The Value of Endoscopy & Colonoscopy
Endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures are useful in diagnosing:
- Difficult or painful swallowing
- Pain in the stomach or abdomen
- Polyps of the colon
- Problems with the gallbladder, pancreas and bile ducts
These procedures sometimes enable doctors to find problems early, when they are more easily treatable.
A team of specialists at LeBauer Gastroenterology in Greensboro, NC, offers patients convenient endoscopy and colonsocopy procedures at the LeBauer Endoscopy Center, a state-of-the-art, freestanding ambulatory care center. The center is licensed by the state of North Carolina, certified by Medicare, and accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
What to Expect at Your Procedure
Prior to an endoscopy or colonoscopy procedure, you may have a nurse appointment or doctor’s visit, which will provide an opportunity to learn more about what to expect, ask questions, and discuss the procedure at length with one of the LeBauer Endoscopy Center team members.
Different procedures and providers have different preparation instructions that are individualized for each patient. For the procedure to be effective, it’s very important for patients to know and follow all directions several days ahead of the procedure.
Instructions will include information on what to do the week and day before the procedure, what you should and should not drink and eat, when and how to begin the procedure prep, medication instructions, and other important information. During the appointment, our team will also review what to wear and bring, what to expect after the procedure, post-procedure diet and activity, and how the LeBauer Endoscopy Center team will follow up with you after your procedure.
Designate a Driver to be Present the Day of Your Procedure
Patients are required to have an adult drive them to and from the procedure and to be in the facility during the entire procedure. Endoscopic procedures are generally safe, but due to the risk of possible complications associated with the procedure(s) and anesthesia, it is our policy that someone be present during the procedure who will act as your spokesperson should the need arise for emergency intervention.
The medicines used for sedation cause delayed reflexes, impair thinking and judgment, and have some amnesic effect, therefore affecting your ability to drive safely. Even though you may feel alright, you are instructed to refrain from driving, operating any type of machinery, making any critical decisions, or signing any legal documents until the day following the procedure.
Make an Appointment
If you need relief from digestive pains, contact our office to schedule time with one of our gastroenterology providers. LeBauer Gastroenterology offers appointments at the North Elam Ave. location in Greensboro, N.C. If you are a new patient, please call 336-547-1745 to make an appointment. The office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.