Gastroenterologist Near You in Hagerstown, MD
Whether you are dealing with digestive issues right now or you’re concerned about your gut health, there are many reasons why turning to a gastroenterologist instead of your regular doctor is going to provide you with effective and more specialized care. Have questions about turning to a gastroenterologist? We’ve compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions to give you a better sense of your digestive health and when to turn to our team.
What problems can a gastroenterologist treat?
Any issues that impact the digestive system can be addressed by our gastroenterologist. This means anything that affects the function or health of the:
- Small and large intestines
- Rectum and anus
Why should I turn to a gastroenterologist?
If you’ve been dealing with gastrointestinal issues and you’ve talked with your primary doctor already then they may have referred you to us; however, there are many reasons people turn to our team here in Hagerstown. If you are dealing with persistent bowel changes, unexplained abdominal pain, or you have a family history of colon cancer then turning to us can give you the answers and care you need. Even if you aren’t dealing with issues, you can and should turn to us for colon cancer screenings by the time you turn 50 years old.
When should I see a doctor about my acid reflux?
Acid reflux is a common issue; however, if you are experiencing severe or persistent bouts of acid reflux two or more times a day then it’s time to turn to a gastroenterologist who can determine the root cause of your symptoms and also help you manage them. After all, chronic acid reflux could be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which can increase your risk for cancer if left untreated.
How can I protect against colon cancer?
Whether you have a family history of colon cancer or not, every individual should come in for routine colon cancer screenings, or a colonoscopy, by the time they turn 50. Men and women at an increased risk for colorectal cancer should talk to our gastroenterologist about getting screened by age 45. Of course, if you notice blood in the stool, persistent stool changes, unexpected weight loss, and abdominal pain you should turn to us right away for an evaluation.