Pediatric Gastroenterology at CoxHealth
A pediatric gastroenterologist will act as a consultant to your primary care physician. We evaluate, diagnose and manage specific gastrointestinal problems. We communicate directly with your physician with our recommended plan of action. During the course of our involvement in your child’s care, we continue to communicate with your primary care physician.
Please note that if your child is experiencing acute vomiting, you should go to your primary care physician's office or to the emergency room.
We also do not perform diagnostic studies in our office. Your child will not have an endoscopy at the time of our initial office visit, so there is no need to arrive with an empty stomach. An endoscopy (colonoscopy and upper endoscopy or EGD) is always done at the hospital and must be scheduled. We sometimes order x-rays, ultrasounds, laboratory studies, etc, but none of those tests are done in the office. You can assure your child that there will be no shots or other painful experiences in our office. Patients are referred to us by their primary care physicians when they feel our expertise is needed. We focus our evaluation to the specific gastrointestinal problem and limit our treatment recommendations to that problem.