We know you have many choices when choosing a gastroenterologist and we appreciate you choosing Digestive Disorders Associates.
Functional gastrointestinal (GI) and motility disorders have a variety of symptoms and activity. Managing your disorder requires a lot of information from you and more time than average spent with your doctor because they will need to consider a wide range of factors before diagnosing. As a new patient, be prepared to spend a minimum of 20-30 minutes with your doctor.
To help you better prepare, this section provides everything you will need to bring to your appointment, including
We also suggest you bring a list of questions and concerns to discuss with your doctors. This is your health and your body; you will be best served if you educate yourself and are able to direct the conversation with your doctor. Take the time to write questions down and bring them to your appointment. In addition to questions specifically about you and your experience, remember to ask if there are new treatments available or new drug or therapy studies that might help you. If you have difficulty remembering the advice and treatment plan discussed, be prepared to take notes or ask if you can record the conversation to help you remember specifics.
After your initial visit, you can use our patient portal to contact your doctor and ask any follow up question, but the more information you gather in person, the more satisfied you will be with your treatment.
Do your best to make the most of your all too brief initial consultation with your physician. Do not let your appointment – for which you have prepared, driven to our office, waited for (yes, we know we may be late), and are then ushered into the office – deteriorate into a brief, “So how are you?” conversation. Make every minute count!
- Take charge of your disorder
- Record your symptoms
- Come prepared with completed forms, lists of medications, previous and current diagnoses and questions
- Ask about other ways to manage your disorder, such as new therapies, diets, studies, stress control groups, and support groups.