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Is it time to see a Gastroenterologist?

Capitol Gastro Austin, Texas with Digestive Health

Have you been dealing with digestive health issues? 

Our gastroenterologists have multiple years of specialized medical training and significant experience with diseases affecting the stomach, intestines, esophagus, liver, pancreas, colon, and rectum. Patients are usually referred to a gastroenterologist by a primary care doctor. Some sensitive medical concerns - like those involving your gastrointestinal tract - may need more specific care than your family medicine physician typically provides. You should see a gastroenterologist if you have any symptoms of a digestive health disorder or if you need a colon cancer screening.

Often, seeing a gastroenterologist leads to more accurate detection of polyps and cancer, fewer complications from procedures, and less time spent in the hospital.

Common Symptoms to watch out for:

You should see a gastroenterologist if you're experiencing any of these common symptoms:

Watch out for These Specific Symptoms:

Other, additional or more severe symptoms often indicate serious digestive health conditions. If you have any of the symptoms often linked to the conditions below, you should schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist.

Colon Cancer Screening:

You should see a gastroenterologist for a screening colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at age 50 (or at age 45 for African Americans). Depending on your family history and other potential risk factors, you may need earlier or more regular screening. Talk to your doctor about the best schedule for you.

Colonoscopies can detect colon cancer early when it's easiest to treat. We've also simplified the process for you, offering direct access to the screening, which saves you time and money.

In addition to a colonoscopy, other tests can screen effectively for colon cancer, including fecal occult blood testing and sigmoidoscopy. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of each of these procedures:

If you have any questions and would like to set up an appointment to speak with our specialists at Capitol Gastro, please call 512-593-6022 or visit our website at We have five locations all around Austin, Texas including Cedar Park, Georgetown, Dripping Springs, South Austin, and North Austin!

Melody Masterson

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