Physicians Specialized in Gastroenterology
Essential qualifications help ensure quality and your peace of mind
Gastroenterologists are five times more likely to detect colorectal cancer during colonoscopies/procedures compared to non-specialist physicians performing colonoscopies/procedures.
Recent studies have concluded that a fully-trained gastroenterologist is much more likely to adhere to the frequency for follow-up colonoscopies/procedures stated by national guidelines, and much less likely to bring patients back too soon for follow-up procedures.
When it comes to a colonoscopy/procedure, the more you know about your doctor, the better your experience will be.
By asking a few important questions, you can help assure that you get the most accurate, reliable results and have the best experience. As experienced gastroenterologists, we will be glad to answer your questions.
Questions to Ask Your Physician
To get the best care, you should ask these important questions of the physician performing your colonoscopy/procedure:
What training in colonoscopy did you receive?
A Board Certified gastroenterologist has completed 3 years of internal medicine training after medical school, followed by an additional 2 to 4 years of sub-specialty training focused exclusively on digestive diseases.
How many colonoscopies have you performed in the past year?
Most full-time gastroenterologists perform over 1000 colonoscopies in a year. If the answer is a much smaller number, you may want to explore other providers.
How many complications?
Practice does make perfect. The more times you do something, the better you get. Many gastroenterologists have performed many thousands of colonoscopies. A colonoscopist should know the rate at which their procedures have been associated with a complication, such as perforation in the colon.
Where do you perform colonoscopy?
Ambulatory surgery centers and hospitals must meet Medicare guidelines for outpatient procedures. A properly equipped facility is important to your well-being, so ask where the test will be done. Proper disinfection techniques are also essential to provide a safe procedure. Be sure to ask if the facility you are considering is accredited, Medicare certified and/or has earned the ASGE Unit Recognition distinction.