What is Gastroenterology?
Gastroenterology is the study of the normal function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. It involves a detailed understanding of the normal action (physiology) of the gastrointestinal organs including the movement of material through the stomach and intestines (motility), the digestion and absorption of nutrients into the body, removal of waste from the system, and the function of the liver as a digestive organ. It includes common and important conditions such as colon polyps and cancer, hepatitis, gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn), peptic ulcer disease, colitis, gallbladder and biliary tract disease, nutritional problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and pancreatitis. In essence, all normal activity and disease of the digestive organs is part of the study of Gastroenterology.

What is a Colonoscopy?
Colonoscopy enables your doctor to examine the lining of your colon (large intestine) for abnormalities by inserting a flexible tube as thick as your finger into your anus and slowly advancing it into the rectum and colon.

What is Upper Endoscopy?
Upper endoscopy lets your doctor examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine). Your doctor will use a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope, which has it's own lens and light source, and will view the images on a video monitor. You might hear your doctor or other medical staff refer to upper endoscopy as EGD.

What is ERCP?
ERCP is a specialized technique used to study the ducts of the gallbladder, pancreas and liver. During ERCP, your doctor will pass an endoscope through your mouth, esophagus and stomach into the duodenum (first part of the small intestine). An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube that lets your doctor see inside your bowels. After your doctor sees the common opening to ducts from the liver and pancreas, your doctor will pass a narrow plastic tube called a catheter through the endoscope and into the ducts. Your doctor will inject a contrast material (dye) into the pancreatic or biliary ducts and will take x-rays

What is Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy?
Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy enables your doctor to examine your entire small intestine. Your doctor will have you ingest a video capsule that has its own camera and light source. You can move freely during the exam, which lasts between 6-8 hours. While the video capsule travels through your body, it sends images to a data recorder you will wear close to your waist. Afterwards, your doctor will view the images on a video monitor.

Do I need a referral for my visit?
Call your insurance carrier’s customer service department to check the status of your referrals.

Does your office participate with my insurance carrier?
Check our list of participating insurance carriers.

For questions regarding your patient balance contact our billing department at 856 429 4433 ext 223

When will my medication refill be called in?
Refills are handled within two working days of receipt of your request. New medications and those refills requiring authorization by your insurance plan will require additional time.

Please try to call as early in the day as possible for your refills, as all medication refills require the approval of your physician.

What time should I arrive for my scheduled procedure?
If your procedure is scheduled at Advanced Surgical Institute or Summit Surgical Center, the facility will contact you with your time the day before. If your procedure is scheduled at Surgical Center of South Jersey (856-722-7000), you will need to contact them after 2:00pm the day before.

What are clear liquids?
SUGGESTED CLEAR LIQUIDS:

Water
Apple juice
Clear broth
Ensure
(before 3:00pm)
Hard fruit drops
Plain Gelatin without fruit or topping
Water ice

Coffee or tea
Bouillon
White Grape juice
no milk or nondairy creamer
Gelatin dessert
Tea with lemon
Ginger ale
Gatorade
Kool Aid or other
fruit flavored drink
Cranberry juice
(AVOID RED OR ORANGE COLORED GELATIN AND WATER ICE)

What medications am I able to take the morning of the procedure?
POSITIVELY NO TRANQUILIZERS, ANTI-DEPRESSANTS, SEDATIVES, SLEEPING OR PAIN MEDICATIONS. You can take heart, seizure and hypertension (except diuretics) medications with small sips of water two hours before the procedure. If you use any inhalers, bring them with you in case they are needed.

Where do I go for my blood work?
Any lab that accepts your insurance or your primary care physician’s office.

How can I obtain a copy of my medical records? Is there a fee?
Patients can obtain a copy of their medical records by completing and returning a record request form that is supplied by our office. After the completed form is received, the chart will be reviewed, copied and sent to the patient. There is no charge for your initial request for your records, however, subsequent requests will result in a charge of $1.00 per page copied.

I have relocated, or I have a new Primary Care Physician – how do I go about having a copy of my records sent to my new doctor?
Upon receipt of an acceptable record request form, filled out completely and signed by the patient, either supplied by our office or your new physician’s office, the chart will be reviewed, copied and then sent to the address indicated on the record request form.

My insurance company needs a copy of my medical records – how do I go about having a copy of my records sent to the insurance company?
Insurance companies have the proper request forms for patients to sign. After signing the form, your agent will send the form to our office along with the documentation stating what records are required. The chart will then be reviewed, copied and sent to the indicated address. There will be a charge of $1.00 per page for this service.

 

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