Finding a GI Doctor
Here are some key points you should look out for in a good GI doctor:
- Check their credentials, their license, and board certification.
- A doctor trained in the latest, least invasive techniques.
- Someone who performs a large volume of the procedure that you are having done.
- A doctor who takes their time withdrawing from the colon during colonoscopy. Studies show that a withdrawal time of at least 8 minutes is necessary so as not to miss any polyps or lesions; Dr. Nowain’s withdrawal times are 12-15 minutes on average.
- Adenoma detection rates: percentage of colonoscopies where pre-cancerous polyps are found. If this is lower than the average, the physician may be missing lesions.
- Hospital privileges of the doctor. If you are going to have in-patient care, where will it be? This is helpful because you can find the hospitals with good GI disease treatment facilities.
- Someone who will listen to the patient, understand their problem, and then work WITH them to solve it.
If you are looking for the best GI doctor in Los Angeles, please call us at (310) 657-4444 or e-mail.