Things to Expect at Your Appointment with A Private Gastroenterologist

Gastroenterologists are expert medical practitioners dealing with problems and functioning of the Digestive system. People can also consult them for tips and suggestions for better health practices and a healthy lifestyle. These suggestive habits are very beneficial for both adults and children both and should follow religiously.

An appointment with a Private Gastroenterologist usually is a referral case. It means your physician has detected some symptoms that can lead to severe disease. There could be dozens of problems for a referral or your appointment, such as:

  • Difficulties in Bowel Movement
  • Bleeding from Rectum
  • Age-Related Issues
  • Inflammation of Pancreas or large Intestines and heartburn
  • Sores in the small intestine and stomach
  • Autoimmune disease such as Celiac Disease that harms Small Intestine
  • Problems in Gallbladder
  • Certain types of cancer in the stomach and digestive system

Here comes the requirement for expert consultation and treatment of a Gastroenterologist.

The doctor will help you treat the digestion process in the stomach and work in the Intestines, absorb required nutrients, and regularize bowel movement.

Private Gastroenterologist performs mainly Endoscopy. It is a medical process to diagnose inside of Intestines.

How Endoscopy Work

Endoscopy is a medical procedure to look into your digestive system. This procedure is non-invasive, uses a flexible tube with an attached camera and a light. Through the camera, Gastro Expert can view and monitor the Digestive system on the monitor.

Some of the advanced uses of Endoscopy

Diagnose bleeding rectum, which might cause ulcer, and stop the bleeding by passing into the endoscope.

The procedure can also be used to remove polyps and protect from the spread of colon cancer.

Gastro Experts can also suggest an endoscope to remove tissue through biopsy, which can cause digestive disease.

Though Endoscopy is mostly safe: there might be some complications during the procedure. Such as:

  • Reaction to sedation
  • Excessive Bleeding
  • Pancreatitis after ERCP
  • Infection
  • Tear in the wall of the gut

Gastro Experts can also become Hepatologist after going through certificate training. A Hepatologist is an expert on liver issues.

Things to Expect at the Appointment

In most cases, primary care doctors run some tests and, based on that, refers to a Gastroenterologist. They also refer if you show some abnormal digestive vitals and need advanced procedures such as colonoscopy, Endoscopy, or an X-Ray to understand the problem in detail.

Based on these tests and personal examination, a Private Gastroenterologist will start the treatment procedure. The doctor will suggest healthy diets, routine, along with medical attention required.


There is rising demand for Private Gastroenterologists in the UK because of the benefits of flexibility and working as per their own convenience. As per the British Society of Gastroenterology Workforce Report, 1,570 significant Gastro practitioners were working in 2018. Out of this, 14 percent has opted for private practice and rising with 5 percent annual growth.

These expert doctors are well equipped with the knowledge and modern technology to treat their patients. So, if you are feeling any symptoms mentioned above, consult nearby Gastroenterologists today and stay fit and healthy for years to come.

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Author: Dr. Sarmed Sami MBChB, MRCP, PGCME, PhD
Consultant Gastroenterologist, Founder and Director of Digestive Health UK.