What to Expect at Your Gastroenterology Appointment
Your first visit to our office will consist of a comprehensive medical and family history with one of our Physicians or Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNPs). Please complete and have available the review of symptoms and a current list of medications with dosages. At the conclusion of your visit your provider may recommend additional testing, which may include blood tests, stool tests, or imaging.
Endoscopic exams of the upper or lower gastrointestinal tract may be recommended. Based on your health history, your endoscopic exam will either be scheduled at our outpatient ambulatory surgery center or UPMC Pinnacle Health Carlisle, where your endoscopic exam will be completed by one of our Board-Certified Gastroenterologists. You may be required to have pre-operative testing completed prior to your endoscopic procedure.
An endoscopic procedure visualizes the gastrointestinal tract. The Physician is unable to see what is going on outside of the GI tract. After the procedure is complete, the Physician will be able to tell you what he found during the exam. Any pathology or biopsies collected are sent to our CAP-accredited (College of American Pathologists) pathology laboratory or another commercial laboratory for analysis.
While you can expect to receive your biopsy results as early as 10-14 days after your procedure, this timeline may be extended if your biopsy requires further testing. Your Physician may ask you to return for a follow-up office visit. At the conclusion of your visit your Physician will provide a visit summary, as well as any necessary educational material.
You will receive specific instructions related to testing or procedures prior to leaving our facility and you can download them below. However, your Physician will also provide specific instructions based on your individual needs.