When to See a Gastroenterologist?


Some sensitive medical concerns - like those involving your gastrointestinal tract - may need more specific care than your primary care doctor typically provides. Our gastroenterologists have up to five additional years of specialized medical training and significant experience with diseases affecting the stomach, intestines, esophagus, liver, pancreas, colon and rectum. Patients are usually referred to a gastroenterologist by a primary care doctor. You should see a gastroenterologist if you have any symptoms of a digestive health disorder or if you need a colon cancer screening.

Often, seeing a gastroenterologist leads to more accurate detection of polyps and cancer, fewer complications from procedures and less time spent in the hospital.

Common Symptoms

You should see a gastroenterologist if you're experiencing any of these common symptoms:

  • Rectal bleeding

  • Leakage / underwear stains

  • Bowel movement urges that are hard to control

  • Diarrhea

  • Changes in bowel habits

  • Pale-colored stools

  • Dark urine

  • Heartburn (acid reflux)

  • Abdominal pain or bloating

  • Excessive gas or belching

  • Esophageal pain

  • Vomiting

  • Loss of appetite or weight

  • Lethargy