Baton Rouge Area Gastroenterology
A Gastroenterologist specializes in diseases and symptoms of the digestive tract which includes the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, biliary tract, and pancreas.
The most common conditions and symptoms treated include:
- acid reflux
- abdominal pain
- irritable bowel syndrome
- nausea and vomiting
Specialized Training of Gastroenterologists
Gastroenterologists receive specialized training in the evaluation and treatment of the digestive system using special procedures such as colonoscopy and upper endoscopy.
After completing college and medical school, a gastroenterologist receives three years of training in general internal medicine and an additional three years of specialized training focused on the digestive system, which includes specific and intensive training in the safe and effective performance of colonoscopy and upper endoscopy procedures.
Our physicians are fellowship trained and certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and have fulfilled the requirements for the sub-specialty Board of Gastroenterology.
What to Expect at a Gastroenterology Appointment
A typical gastrointestinal appointment usually involves a consultation and physical examination, and may include specialized studies such as X-rays or other imaging studies. Both colonoscopy and upper endoscopy procedures involve the passage of flexible lighted instruments to view the inside of the digestive tract and allows the physician to evaluate for precancerous polyps, inflammation or sources of bleeding.
A variety of therapeutic interventions can also be performed including biopsies, control of bleeding, removal of polyps, injection of medications, and stretching the GI tract.
A physician referral is not required, however most patients are usually referred to us by another provider for a specific evaluation or treatment. Once completed, we will provide your physician with a summary of our findings and recommendations. While we may provide the care for a specific digestive problem, we will usually refer you back to your physician for ongoing care. We see adult patients 16 and older.