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Frequently asked questions

  1. Q

    Do I need a physician referral to schedule an appointment?

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    No. We accept self-referred patients. However, depending on the type of insurance plan you have, your insurance company may require a verbal or written referral from your primary care physician. Before seeking the care of a specialist, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with your plan's referral policies. Proper referral will help to ensure that the correct copay and/or coinsurance apply.
  2. Q

    Why do I need to update my information everytime I have an office visit?

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    In order to file your claims accurately, we must have your most recent information along with a copy of your insurance card. This will ensure that all of your claims are filed correctly and in a timely manner. By providing us with your most current information, you will help reduce denials by your insurance company, thereby reducing your financial obligation.
  3. Q

    If there is blood in my stool, does this mean I have cancer?

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    There are many different conditions that can cause rectal bleeding. While red blood in your stool could mean that you have cancer, this is usually not the case. If you see blood in your stool, you should contact your physician immediately so that he can determine the cause.
  4. Q

    When should I see a doctor about diarrhea?

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    Many different things cause diarrhea. The main concern with diarrhea is dehydration. Be sure to drink a lot of fluids, especially those containing needed minerals such as sodium and potassium. In some cases, diarrhea indicates a serious infection or condition. If the diarrhea is associated with other symptoms such as blood in the stool, fever, or severe abdominal pain, you should contact your physician. You should also let the physician know if the diarrhea follows recent antibiotic therapy. If diarrhea continues for 72 hours or longer, it would be advisable to contact your physician.
  5. Q

    How can I prevent constipation?

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    By eating more high fiber foods, drinking 6-8 glasses of water daily, and regularly exercising, you can prevent constipation.
  6. Q

    Is heartburn dangerous?

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    Heartburn is also called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Heartburn should be evaluated by a GI doctor when it is not controlled by modification in lifestyle, when over the counter medications are needed more than twice a week, or when symptoms remain unresolved despite medication. If heartburn is not treated, serious complications can occur, such as severe chest pain that mimics a heart attack, an esophageal stricture (a narrowing or obstruction of the esophagus), bleeding, or a pre-malignant (pre-cancerous) change in the lining of the esophagus called Barrett's esophagus.
  7. Q

    What are hemorrhoids and its symptoms?

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    Hemorrhoids are cushions of swollen veins in the anal canal. If you have hemorrhoids, you may notice one or more of the following in the anal area: pain, itching, irritation, burning, or bleeding.
  8. Q

    Is a colonoscopy painful?

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    During the procedure, we use sedation. Therefore, most patients do not complain of pain during or after the procedure.