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Digestive Disorders: Is it time to visit the gastroenterologist?

When Should You Visit a Gastroenterologist?

photo of a handsome man suffering from stomach ache while lying on sofa at homePeople often attribute stomach problems to stress, aging or a diet filled with rich foods. However, stomach pain or digestive issues should never simply be brushed aside and dismissed as being normal. The reality is that any symptoms you’re experiencing could be signs that something is wrong with your digestive system. This is why it’s so important to book a visit to an office that specializes in digestive disorders if you’re experiencing any symptoms related to your stomach or digestive system. It may not be necessary to live with pain or discomfort any longer once you receive an examination and are given treatment options.

What Are Some of the Common Reasons Why People Visit a Gastroenterologist?

People of all ages can benefit from visiting a gastroenterologist if they have questions regarding their digestive health. You may want to book a visit whether you’ve been managing a digestive disorder for years or you’re experiencing new symptoms that have you feeling concerned. Here’s a look at the common reasons why people often come to see Dr. Cofrancesco and Dr. Quijano here at GI North:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Heartburn
  • Acid reflux
  • Bleeding

These symptoms can sometimes be the results of diet, lifestyle or genetic factors. They can also point to a more serious condition like polyps, ulcers, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome or cancer. This is why early screening is so important if you feel that something just isn’t right with your digestive system.

What Procedures Can a Gastroenterologist Offer?

An office that specializes in digestive disorders can provide a wide variety of screenings and procedures. These screenings and procedures provide an inside picture of what might be causing the symptoms you’re experiencing and help to diagnose a digestive disorder or other issue. Here’s a look at the common screenings and procedures we offer to our patients here at GI North:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Cologuard colon cancer screening
  • Therapeutic endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ECRP)
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG)

While many digestive disorders and diseases do tend to pop up later in life, younger people must also be vigilant when symptoms show up. The reality is that leaving symptoms ignored can lead to damage to various parts of your digestive system and possibly allow for certain types of cancers to form. Not every patient who visits with a gastroenterologist will need to undergo advanced screenings and procedures. Patients can often benefit from the diet and lifestyle changes that can be recommended for specific symptoms.

Are You Concerned About Symptoms of Digestive Disorders?

The team here at GI North understands that experiencing the symptoms of digestive disorders can be frustrating and painful. We want to help you get to the bottom of any pain or discomfort you’re experiencing and provide treatments that can help you to improve your health and receive relief. The GI North office is located in Cumming, GA. We serve patients from Alpharetta, Roswell, Canton, Suwanee and many more surrounding communities. That means that we’re always happy to serve patients from areas like Sugar Hill, Duluth, Gainesville, Lilburn and beyond. Simply give us a call today to book an appointment to meet with Dr. Cofrancesco or Dr. Quijano if you’re looking for a gastroenterologist in Cumming, GA. Dr. Quijano speaks fluent Spanish and is ready to help patients from throughout the Cumming area.

This article is intended only to provide general information regarding digestive disorders and the services provided by GI North in Cumming, Georgia. No portion of this article should be taken as medical advice or used as a substitute for a visit to a qualified healthcare provider. Seek medical help immediately if you are experiencing pain, bleeding or any other serious gastrointestinal issues. You can call GI North to book an appointment with Dr. Cofrancesco or Dr. Quijano if you have any specific questions regarding your digestive health or if you’d like to learn more about the options that are available for specific digestive disorders.

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