Gastroenterology Specialties, P.C. is one of the Midwest's largest, unaffiliated, private gastroenterology practices.
Gastroenterologists are physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the esophagus, stomach, intestines, gall bladder liver and pancreas including colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, liver disease, Crohns disease and other digestive problems.
What is a colonoscopy?
An exam using a long flexible tube with a tiny video camera at the tip. This is inserted into the rectum and the doctor can view
the entire colon. If necessary, polyps can be removed or biopsies taken.
Is the screening colonoscopy covered by insurance?
Most insurance companies will pay 100% for colon cancer screening starting at age 50.
What are the benefits of a screening through a Gastroenterology Specialist Gastroenterologist as compared to my local family
practitioner or at home stool kit test?
Non-gastroenterologists are five times more likely to miss colorectal cancer during colonoscopy than Gastroenterologists Home
stool kits will detect if cancer cells are present whereas a colonoscopy can find colon polyps and remove them before they turn
into cancer. If the stool kit is positive, a colonoscopy is then needed anyway. Stool kits can also use up a person’s screening
benefit causing the colonoscopy to be paid for out- of-pocket
Do you need a doctor referral to see the Gastroenterology Specialist Gastroenterologist or can you call direct for an
Patients may call directly for an appointment. Some insurance companies require a referral, so check with your insurance
Does Gastroenterology Specialists welcome new patients for other services, illnesses or conditions? What other services does
Gastroenterology Specialties offer new patients?
We treat a wide variety of diseases of the digestive track, such as the esophagus, stomach, intestines, gallbladder, liver and
pancreas. We can treat obesity with gastric balloons. We offer Interstim for fecal incontinence and also perform hemorrhoid
bandings. We can monitor liver disease with new technology called FibroScan and do in-office medication infusions for our
Crohn’s and Colitis patients. Hepatitis C and Celiac Clinics are two specialized clinics that we offer patients for on-going
support and monitor treatment.