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10/15/2014
By: Michelle R.
Gastroenterology Associates of North-Central Alabama, P.C.
I've rated this medical practice unfavorable because of the long wait time today. I never got to see a physician. The staff at the front desk were pleasant. The assistant to checked my vitals was great. However, my appointment time wasr 3:15 and I left at 4:10 because I was told, after asking, that it could be another 30 minutes before the doctor would see me. That's just too long of a wait without acknolwedging that there's a problem. I hope when I request a refund of my $75 copay things will go smoothly.
07/04/2014
By: btrice
Dr. David Jon Landy, MD
Great staff. I particularly liked his medical assistant. My only pause was that he didn't test my blood more frequently during treatment. Not that it was necessary -- I was very curious to know how well the treatment was working. Dr. Shallcross surprised me by calling me directly whenever he'd get various test results. I like his assistant, but it was so refreshing to have a "hands on" doctor.
Tips & Advices
A gastroenterology clinic is a facility that provides a wide range of gastroenterological services. These services are typically geared toward the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases that affect the liver, digestive tract, stomach, duodenum, gallbladder, biliary tract, pancreas, colon, and small intestine. Gastroenterology clinics also offer nutritional support for many issues that impact the digestive tract.
The national average for a new-patient office visit to a gastroenterologist is $428. However, the cost for a gastroenterologist visit can vary quite significantly, and it is dependent on the services that will be performed during the consultation. Many gastroenterologists accept insurance and Medicaid, and payments can be made using cash, credit cards, or debit cards.
The length of time required for a gastroenterologist appointment depends on the condition that is being treated. If this is your first visit, you can expect the appointment to last 30 to 60 minutes, and the gastroenterologist will use this time to gather detailed medical information about your current problems and past medical history. For returning clients, appointments typically run a bit shorter.
A colonoscopy may be performed to help your gastroenterologist diagnose causes of intestinal problems such as rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, chronic constipation, and chronic diarrhea. A colonoscopy is also used to screen patients from colon cancer, and it's often recommended that patients who are 50 and older have one done every 10 years. Your gastroenterologist might also use a colonoscopy to identify the presence of polyps.
A colonoscopy is a test that enables gastroenterologists to take a close look at the inner lining of your rectum and colon. With this test, a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope is inserted into the anus. This tube has a light and a camera attached, and it gives doctors the chance to capture photos or video of your colon.

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