A gastroenterologist or stomach specialist is a doctor who diagnoses and treats various diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
Gastroenterology studies the structure and function of the human gastrointestinal tract, as well as the pathology of the digestive system, their causes and mechanisms of development. In Lagos, as a rule, referral to a specialist is issued by general practitione (occupational physician) who, after preliminary examinations, suspects the presence of:
- gastric ulcer;
- peptic ulcer disease;
- various types of ulcers;
- stomach diseases;
- diseases of the liver and gallbladder;
- pancreatic diseases;
- diseases of the esophagus;
In most cases, it is enough to simply prescribe a strict diet to the residents of Lagos, but in case of serious pathologies, it comes down to surgical intervention.
When should a person visit a gastro doctor?
It is necessary to visit and consult a Gi specialist for pain in the stomach or intestines, diarrhea, constipation, heaviness and heartburn after eating.
How is the appointment with a gastroenterologist going?
The doctor questions the patient and examines him carefully, palpating (feeling) the abdominal wall, and in case of appropriate complaints, examines the anus. Further, additional diagnostics may be required, for example, ultrasound or fibrogastroduodenoscopy, or delivery of medical tests (blood, stool, urine).
Having studied all the data about the patient, the gastroenterologist diagnoses and prescribes treatment. Often, the gastroenterologist prescribes a special diet for the patient and gives recommendations for changing the lifestyle. Further, the doctor monitors the course of treatment, prescribing repeated consultations.
How to prepare for an appointment with a gastroenterologist?
Special preparation before seeing a specialist may be required only if some laboratory and instrumental studies are planned. In other cases, it is enough to take a hygienic shower and, when choosing clothes, take into account the possibility of quick access to the examination of the abdomen.
It is important to clearly formulate complaints, be ready to answer questions about the features of the disease, previous treatment, drugs taken for another pathology. A patient must have an outpatient card with you, extracts from inpatient case histories, advisory conclusions of other specialists, and examination data.
Where to find the best gastroenterologist in Lagos?
The Jimeds portal provides an opportunity to find a private gastroenterologist. Here is a convenient system for rating doctors based on their professional qualities and reviews about them. A person can book an appointment with a specialist at any convenient time by calling +234 1 227 9151, having previously agreed on the required date and time of appointment.