If you are suffering from digestive problems and you live in Maryland, your health provider may choose to refer you to a Maryland gastroenterologist.
A gastroenterologist is a doctor that specializes in issues with the digestive system. People who frequently suffer from heart burn and other digestive diseases and disorders might see this type of doctor regularly.
For your first appointment, you can probably expect a lot of preliminary questions and tests. Before your doctor can treat you, he needs to know everything he can about your symptoms as well as your past medical history. After the questions have been asked, the doctor will probably order whatever tests he thinks are appropriate based on your symptoms. The tests may be done the same day as your first appointment, or the doctor may request that you come back for them at a later time. After tests have been done, the doctor will examine the results and likely prescribe some sort of treatment for your gastrointestinal problems. Many ailments, like heartburn, are relatively easy to treat with continual use of prescription medication and can often be managed with certain dietary changes.
If you are not happy with your diagnosis, you can always consult another gastroenterologist for a second opinion.