Gastroenterology & Hepatology (Digestive Care)
When to Make a Gastroenterology Appointment in Sparta
Everyone experiences digestive problems from time to time, including heartburn, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation and bloating, among others. For most people, these are short-lived, or acute, and mild. If your symptoms are severe and/or persistent, you should see your health care provider.
Seek immediate medical help if you experience any of these signs and symptoms:
- Bloody stools
- Persistent nausea and vomiting
- Severe pain
- Severe tenderness when you touch your abdomen
- Skin that appears yellow
- Swelling of the abdomen
- Weight loss
Not sure if you need to see a health care provider? Use the Check Symptoms tool in your patient portal for pain assessment and recommendations.
Colon cancer screening
Experts recommend starting colon cancer screening at age 45 if you are at average risk. People with an increased risk should be screened sooner. Talk to our Gastroenterology team to understand your risks and screening options.