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I am scheduled to see a gastroenterologist in june. In the meantime, what tests or screening can I ask for to rule out a bleeding ulcer?

I am scheduled to see a gastroenterologist in june. In the meantime, what tests or screening can I ask for to rule out a bleeding ulcer?

FIT: Fecal immonoblot testing (fit) is a stool kit you can do at home testing for microscopic blood in your stool. If you had any bleeding, like that from a bleeding ulcer, it would be positive. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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What can I expect in an appointment with a doctor to check out loose stools?

What can I expect in an appointment with a doctor to check out loose stools?

Loose stools...help!: Hi a good health care provider will ask you a series of questions to try to rule out or rule in certain possibilities as the cause of your symptoms. In the visit they should also check your vital signs and examine you. The questions should be similar to the length of time you have been ill, what other symptoms accompany this illness, and what foods or other issues could be contributing. ...Read more

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What to expect from a colonoscopy(spelling)?

What to expect from a colonoscopy(spelling)?

Information: Colonoscopy provides information about the state of health of your colon. The only uncomfortable part is the cleansing done the day before which will require regular trips to the bathroom.L on the day of the procedure you will be sedated and when you wake up there will be no symptoms; your GI doctor will give you the results. ...Read more

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What can I expect to happen at a wellness exam or a check up?

What can I expect to happen at a wellness exam or a check up?

Depends on who you..: see. I do a 4-6 hour wellness consultation on new patients. They complete a very detailed questionnaire before they come for the appointment. Detailed labs are also drawn before the appt. At the consultation, we do performance and exercise testing, a physical exam, go over the questionnaire, determine the patient's biological age (vs. chronologic age). Then, I give recommendations. ...Read more

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Why would my family doctor send me to a general surgeon to have a colonoscopy?

Why would my family doctor send me to a general surgeon to have a colonoscopy?

Screening: Surgeons are also trained in endoscopy. Some surgeons perform their own endoscopies because then at the time of the operation they know exactly where to operate. ...Read more

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In regards to your advise to me earlier today, would a CT of the pelvic & abdomen be a good test for my md to order?

In regards to your advise to me earlier today, would a CT of the pelvic & abdomen be a good test for my md to order?

Confusing question: You must assume the site is a chat room.It is not.Questions are not linked so each one you submit must have background enough to support your question. This does not.Please start over. ...Read more

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What can I expect at a visit with a speech pathologist? Is the first appointment for testing me?

What can I expect at a visit with a speech pathologist?  Is the first appointment for testing me?

Likely yes.: Most likely, the first appointment would be to see how you speak to start with. A recording might be made of your voice and there might be a video tape of your facial movements. There would likely be other devices to test you as well. Then whatever techniques that are at their disposal would be used to improve your speech. The best way to find out would be to go to one for evaluation if needed. ...Read more

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What should I know in order to choose a good surgeon for my GERD procedure?

High Volume/Low Comp: If i were having this operation, i would select a surgeon who does this operation frequently (10-20/yr). I would ask my surgeon how often he/she needs to convert the operation from a laparoscopic to an open procedure. Last but not least, i would want to know if my surgeon ever had any complications from this operation that required reoperation or led to a patient's death. ...Read more

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Is it possible to meet a gastroenterologist there for consultation concerning stomach? I am in cameroon and will be visiting fl in the days ahead .

Is it possible to meet a gastroenterologist there for consultation concerning stomach? I am in cameroon and will be visiting fl in the days ahead .

Yes: I am not in florida i suggest google for gastroenterologist in the city you are visiting and call ahead of time. Decemeber is busy so call early. You may need to call several offices to see who can see you earliest. Leave time for test results to come back before you leave again.Ask how much the cost of the appt. Is , if you dont have insurance. ...Read more

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What to take to have a bowel movement in general?

What to take to have a bowel movement in general?

Cod liver oil: Many things on the market. The best answer if you are having problems is to check with your doctor to see why your arent. Are you consuming a good high fiber diet? If not then do it. If yes and still not try probiotics or a mild over the counter laxative but not for an extended time without seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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How do I go about having a Dr. evaluate a recent blood test through this service to determine a change in the dosage of Thyroid medication that I need? I don't want to pay for an office visit to the Dr who initially prescribed the medication.

How do I go about having a Dr. evaluate a recent blood test through this service to determine a change in the dosage of Thyroid medication that I need? I don't want to pay for an office visit to the Dr who initially prescribed the medication.

Virtual consults: You may get a live video, voice or text consult with HealthTap doctors at any time for information, advice, and, for example, to find out whether or not your blood test results are normal, low, or high (HealthTap Prime or HealthTap Compass). Please continue to consult with your established doctor(s) who know you well for ongoing care, either in person or via live video or text virtual consultation ...Read more

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Is it prudent to ask doctor about doing a tap to check for ascitis prior to abdominal hernia repair sugery in a patient with esld.?

Is it prudent to ask doctor about doing a tap to check for ascitis prior to abdominal hernia repair sugery in a patient with esld.?

Yes, but no tap: And the best test for this would be a simple ultrasound, . Best to try to control the ascites before hernia repair. Also probably best to use a laparoscopic approach for certain hernia types. I would ask about this as well. ...Read more

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What should I do in preparation for a colonoscopy?

What should I do in preparation for a colonoscopy?

Do a bowel prep: Stay on a clear liquid the day befor the colonoscopy. Your endoscopist should give you a prep sheet outlining the kind of laxative you should use to cleanse your colo. ...Read more

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Regarding lumps in the neck, what would make a doctor consider a referral to an oncologist? What other symptoms would they look for?

Regarding lumps in the neck, what would make a doctor consider a referral to an oncologist? What other symptoms would they look for?

Neck nodes: Oftentimes lumps in neck can be reactive ie doing their job when you have an infection. Reasons to be concerned are nodes at least the size of a grape in the absence of an infection such as sore throat. It's obviously concerning if there are other areas of large nodes such as arm pit and groin as well as night sweats, fatigue and weight loss. ...Read more

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Why do doctors want to do a blood transfusion before a surgery is performed? In regards to a hysteretomy

Why do doctors want to do a blood transfusion before a surgery is performed? In regards to a hysteretomy

Blood loss: If your hemoglobin levels are low before surgery we know that they will fall even lower from blood loss during surgery. Thus, blood products are often given in advance for low hemoglobin levels. ...Read more

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What to expect in a GI gastro. appointment, and Urology, Endocrinologist... And Cardiology? What kind test each will do. Can they use my med. rec?

What to expect in a GI gastro. appointment, and Urology, Endocrinologist... And Cardiology? What kind test each will do. Can they use my med. rec?

History &examination: Each Dr will need detailed medical history including past & family history, review of symptoms & questions in more detail when for specialty concerned. Physical examination include looking you over, inspecting eyes, ears & mouth, chest examination including stethoscope, palpation of abdomen & check urine specimen. Might need rectal exam. May require x-rays or other studies later. Dr will explain. ...Read more

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How many years do i have to do in order to be a cardiologist , what about a plastic surgeon? Which one would you suggest me to takeand wich earn more?

How many years do i have to do in order to be a cardiologist , what about a plastic surgeon? Which one would you suggest me to takeand wich earn more?

First get a degree: Maybe you need to first see if you can graduate from a university with a high GPA in sciences. A MCAT over 32 points. Than see if you can attain an acceptance at a US Med School before worrying about whether becoming a PS or Cardiologist..Baby steps first.... ...Read more

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What kind of doctor do I need to see about having a boweel movement everyday? Would recommend a colon cleanser?

What kind of doctor do I need to see about having a boweel movement everyday? Would recommend a colon cleanser?

Primary care doctor: Constipation is treated by primary care doctors. There are many ways to treat it. The main problem is that the time it takes for food one ate to go through the intestine and out the anus is too long of a time. One must make "intestinal transit" time more rapid. Water, fiber, exercise, and happiness will help do this. Laxatives and special meds from the primary or specialist doctors also help out. ...Read more