Telemedicine is a safe and convenient way to make an appointment and discuss any gut health or discomfort issues with your doctor. Needham Gastro has made telemedicine available through most private communication methods that are easiest for our patients, even Facetime, Skype, or Zoom.
You don’t have to neglect your overall health in order to practice social distancing.
Knowing that the concept of meeting with a doctor through video may be new and uncomfortable for some, here are a few things to consider about telemedicine and some instruction on setting your next appointment.
Why meet with your doctor through video?
Telemedicine is a great way to discuss symptoms, medical issues, and more with a healthcare provider in realtime. The telephone was the first technology to enable ‘virtual visits,’ giving the ability to talk to a doctor without first going into the clinic. Now, video is helping improve our communication even further.
Through a virtual telemedicine visit, your provider will assess your symptoms, review your medication regimen, recommend testing and treatment options, and more. Often, you can receive a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan right on the call.
What to watch out for:
Any changes in your bowel habits or any pain or discomfort are symptoms worth exploring with a doctor. Sudden or recurring constipation, frequent diarrhea, or bowel incontinence could signify the need for further screening and should always be discussed with a doctor.
Also consider that unexplained fatigue, unintended weight loss, and other GI problems such as vomiting, nausea, or abdominal pain and cramping can all be symptoms that, if they persist, it would be wise to inform your physician about your symptoms and make an appointment.
How to Schedule a Telemedicine Appointment
Needham Gastroenterology Associates has made it easy to set up virtual appointments (Telemedicine). Simply contact us here or call us at (781) 444-6460.