If you or your primary health care provider suspect a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis (UC) or another gastrointestinal disorder, chances are your next step will be to see a gastroenterologist (GI), a doctor who specializes in disorders of the digestive system.
It may feel intimidating or nerve-wracking to see a specialist or a new doctor of any kind, but proper preparation can help set you up for success during your appointment.
Here are a few tips to prepare for your first GI appointment. 1. Confirm whether you’ll need a referral from your primary care provider It’s best if you can get this information before you schedule your GI appointment, but at least a month before your appointment you’ll want to check with your insurance company to see if you need a referral to see a specialist.Read more on themighty.com