GI Alliance is the leading, Patient-Focused, Physician-Led Gastroenterology Practice serving patients throughout the United States. Learn more about GI Alliance here. In November of 2021, Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC joined forces with GI Alliance. This partnership ensures that we, as physicians, can continue our focused efforts of providing the highest quality of personalized care to our patients.
Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine dedicated to the study, diagnosis, and treatment of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Your GI tract contains significant gastric organs, like your small intestine, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, gallbladder, colon, and liver.
If you are 45 years or older, have a family history of colon cancer, or if you have complained to your family doctor about a digestive problem such as frequent abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, or heartburn, something is affecting your digestive system.
Your GI doctor will communicate with your primary care physician about the results of your visit and/or procedure. They will discuss what is appropriate for treatment, follow-up visits and/or future exams if needed.
Find a gastroenterologist near you by clicking Provider or Location. Choose a gastroenterologist and click the “Request an Appointment” button. Once your request is received, a team member will call you to confirm your requested appointment day and time.
Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC enables patients to “Request” an appointment online via the “request an appointment’ form on our provider or location pages. Once your request is received, a member of our scheduling team will contact you personally to coordinate your appointment.
For your first visit you should bring a completed New Patient Packet (sent to you prior to your visit), any medical records (these can be faxed by your referring doctor), a list of medications (including dose), insurance card, and a form of identification (driver’s license). You may want to create a list of questions you’d like to ask during your visit. Make sure you jot down the physician’s response. You should also bring cash, check, or credit/debit card to cover any visit co-payments.
At this time, online bill payment is not available. For billing inquiries, please contact our office by phone at 601-268-5185.
You can access your records and communicate directly with your physician’s office online, 24/7 via the Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC Patient Portal.
A colon cancer screening is the process of looking for polyps and cancerous growths on the inner wall of the colon and rectum when no gastrointestinal symptoms of disease are present. Click here to learn more about colon cancer screenings.
Colon cancer has the one of the highest death count from patients with cancer in the US. It is estimated that over 52,000 deaths from this disease will occur in the United States each year.
Yes, a colonoscopy may detect polyps (small growths on the lining of the colon). Your gastroenterologist will remove these polyps during the colonoscopy. Removal of polyps will result in a major reduction in the likelihood of developing colorectal cancer in the future.
A colonoscopy is an endoscopic procedure which allows the physician to examine the lining of the colon using a long flexible tube with a camera on the end of it. To learn more, click here.
Your gastroenterologist and their staff will provide you with specific instructions for your procedure. It is very important that you follow the instructions given to you by the gastroenterologists and not the instructions that come with your prep kit. If you lose your instructions, you can find them here or contact your gastroenterologist.
To view the Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC prep instructions, click here.
No! A colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure.
A colonoscopy is generally safe. One possible complication is perforation, or tear, through the bowel wall that could require surgery. Bleeding might occur, but it’s usually minor and can be controlled through the colonoscope. Some patients may have complications or a reaction to the sedatives. Contact your doctor if you have severe abdominal pain, fever, chills, or rectal bleeding.
Your gastroenterologists will discuss the initial procedure findings after the procedure before you leave. Tests may be ordered, based on the procedure findings. If several tests are ordered, we like to review all results together to formulate a complete plan of care. Pathology results, typically, are returned in less than a week.
You will be monitored until most of the sedatives have worn off. You might have some cramping or bloating because of the air introduced into the colon during the examination. Your doctor will explain the results of the exam to you, although you may still be groggy from the sedative, you will need someone there with you and to drive you home. You should be able to eat normally, but your gastroenterologist may restrict your diet and activities for a short period of time. You should not return to work, drive or operate heavy equipment the remainder of the day.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are two distinct gastrointestinal disorders, though the differences between the two can be confusing. While they have some similar symptoms, IBS and IBD are not the same condition, and they require very different treatments. It is essential to get an accurate diagnosis so that you can properly manage your condition.