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Gaston Digestive Disease Clinic, PA

If You're Turning 50 This
Year, Schedule A Colonoscopy
Colon Cancer Is The #2
Cause of Cancer Death
Early Screening Saves Lives

Our Practice

Gaston Digestive Disease Center

Comprehensive Detection and Treatment

We specialize in the management, screening and treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, esophagus, stomach, gallbladder biliary system, pancreas, small and large intestines and rectum.

These diseases may include:

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

We proudly serve Gaston County and all surrounding areas.

  • Liver transplant
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn's disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pancreatic disorders
  • Jaundice
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Infectious diarrhea
  • Gallstones
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Celiac Disease

Procedures

Endoscopy
Endoscopy is a procedure that uses an instrument called an endoscop to directly examine the patients digestive system. The endoscope can also take biopsies or samples. Endoscopy can also be used to perform certain procedures such as controlling gastrointestinal bleeding and removal of polyps and other growths.

Upper Endoscopy (EGD)
Upper Endoscopy lets your doctor examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intesting). Your doctor will use a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope, which has its own lens and light source, and will view the images on a video monitor. You might hear your doctor or other medical staff refer to upper endoscopy as upper GI endoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) or panendoscopy.

Colon Cancer Screening
Colon cancer is now the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the USA and "screening" is the test for the early diagnosis of common colon cancers. Screening tests are ordered before symptoms develop and can be critical to diagnosis and treatment. If a screening colonoscopy is normal and there are no other confounding factors such as a strong family history of colon cancer or specific gastrointestinal symptoms, the next exam would be recommended in 7 to 10 years. The American Cancer Society recommends a colonscopy for colon cancer screening. The current recommendation for colon cancer screening by the American Cancer Society is a colonoscopy at age 50. The incidence of colon cancer is equal in men and women.

Colonoscopy
The colonoscopy process consists of three basic parts. The day before the exam you will follow a clear liquid diet; otherwise the day's activities are unrestricted. That evening you take medication that will induce diarrhea to cleanse the colon for the next day's exam. The next morning you are brought to the designated facility where an IV is started and you are sedated in a monitored setting for the procedure. The actual procedure is simply the passage of a flexible thin tube with a camera on the tip through the large intestine or colon. It inspects and potentially removes or biopsies polyps or abnormal growths. Following the exam and a short recovery period you are discharged home with your escort and are instructed to relax the rest of the day. Typically there are no restrictions after that.

Office Information

Insurance
We participate with most major insurance plans, including Medicare and North Carolina Medicaid. Please contact us if you have a question about a specific insurance company. All copays and coinsurance will be collected prior to each office appointment.

Office Appointments
We will call you 24 hours prior to your office appointment to remind you. This is a courtesy to you. Our providers are very busy seeing patients and we ask if you need to cancel your appointment in the office, please give us at least a 24 hour notice so that we can fill your spot with another patient who needs to be seen. If appropriate notice is not given, you may be charged a fee.

Procedures
We do not call you prior to your procedure. If you call, we will answer any questions you may have. If you need to cancel a procedure, please call our office at least 48 hours in advance, failing to do so could also result in a fee. Please arrive at the endoscopy department at the hospital one hour prior to your scheduled procedure. Please review your paperwork and do your preparation the day before the procedure. Please pre-register at the hospital by calling 704-843-2914 and then scheduling the procedure.

Appointments and Telephone Policy
Appointments are recommended. However, in the event of an emergency, we will make every effort to see you immediately. When calling our office, please tell the receptionist the nature of your call so we can respond to your needs quickly. If you are having an emergency, please tell the receptionist as soon as she answers. Give her your name and phone number and briefly explain the problem.

Prescription Refills
No refills can be provided over the weekend, as we must review your medical history. Regular refills may be called in between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays - at least 3 days prior to using last dosage.

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