FAQ

  1. What is a Gastroenterologist?
  2. Why do I need an endoscopy/colonoscopy?
  3. Is endoscopy/colonoscopy safe?
  4. Will I feel my procedure?
  5. How will I prepare for my procedure?
  6. Will I need a ride home?
  7. When will I find out the results of my tests?
  8. Where is the office located and what are your hours?
  9. What should I bring to my appointment?
  10. What about office visit payments?
  11. What if I need to cancel my appointment or don’t show up?
  12. About the Gastro Center of New Smyrna Beach
  1. What is a Gastroenterologist?
    A Gastroenterologist is a physician with extensive training regarding the proper function and diseases of the gastrointestinal system. They are first trained as Internal Medicine physicians and then complete extra training (called a fellowship) for two to three years in the diagnosis and treatment of problems with the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, gallbladder and pancreas. A gastroenterologist learns all aspects of the function of these organs and becomes proficient in specialized tests to evaluate for dysfunction. Upon completing their fellowship, a comprehensive examination is undertaken by the physician. This test is administered by the American Board of Internal Medicine with emphasis in Gastroenterology. If passed, the physician is then called “Board Certified”.
  2. Why do I need an endoscopy/colonoscopy?
    Many people suffer from aliments of the gastrointestinal tract. Most of these diseases are found more quickly and assessed more fully through the use of endoscopy/colonoscopy. Since the advent of this technology, many intestinal diseases are diagnosed earlier and some can even be treated without invasive surgery.
  3. Is endoscopy/colonoscopy safe?
    The short answer is yes. Although all medical procedures carry some level of risk of complications, endoscopy/colonoscopy has been proven to be very safe, with an overall low level of risk. Of course, this level depends greatly upon what procedure is being performed, your overall health status, and the level of skill and/or training of the doctor doing your test. Before your procedure your doctor will review the risks with you. This is not to make you uncomfortable or to scare you, but rather to inform you so that you can make an informed decision regarding the exam.
  4. Will I feel my procedure?
    Most of the endoscopic/colonoscopy procedures are performed after you have received some intravenous (IV) medication. This medicine is designed to remove your pre-procedure anxiety and help with any discomfort caused by the procedure. The majority of patients do not remember much of their procedures due to the fact that the IV medication also induces a relaxing sleep.
  5. How do I prepare for my procedure?
    Specific preparation instructions will be given to you by the scheduling nurse. Each procedure has its own instructions and should be followed very closely so that you can have the highest quality exam. These can be found on our site HERE
  6. Will I need a ride home?
    If you are having one of the endoscopic exams in which IV sedation is given, you will need a ride home. Although you will be awake when you go home, the medication can have some lasting effect and compromise your ability to drive safely. If you have questions, please ask one of our nurses.
  7. When will I find out the results of my test?
    You will be told the preliminary results of your exam after you awaken and are ready to go home. Either the doctor or nurse will review these results with you. If lab tests or biopsies were done, the results will be available in 2 weeks. You should have a 2 week follow-up with your doctor to discuss results.
  8. Where is the office located and what are your hours?
    Gastro Center of New Smyrna Beach is conveniently located in the shopping plaza behind Burger King on 44: 1722 State Rd. 44 in New Smyrna Beach, 32168. Our office is open from 8:00 am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at: 386.427.0390. If our office is closed please call our answering service at 386.427.0390. They will deliver the message to the doctor on call who should get back to you within 24 hours. If you have an emergency please call 911.
  9. What should I bring to my appointment?
    Bring your insurance card, a referral if required from your primary care physician, and additional test results or pertinent medical records. We also suggest you fill out our medical history forms ahead of time in order to expedite your office visit. Print and fill out forms found HERE
  10. What about office visit payments?
    All payment is due and must be paid at time of the visit to the physician. Each patient will be expected to pay before they exit the office. Please make sure your plan covers your visit and the Gastro Center of New Smyrna Beach accepts your insurance. Additionally, all co-payments must be made at this time. If you are paying by check, payments made to Gastro Center of New Smyrna Beach that are not honored by the bank will incur a return check fee of $35. If failure to pay the check and fee within 15 days of receiving a returned check notice from Gastro Center of New Smyrna Beach, your account will be turned over to the State Attorney’s office.
  11. What if I have to cancel my appointment or don’t show up?
    A 48-hour notice must be given to cancel any procedure and a 24-hour notice must be given to cancel an appointment. Any established patient who does not show up or no-shows for their scheduled appointment will be required to pay $25.00 up front before scheduling a new appointment. Any new patient who does not show up for their scheduled appointment will be required to pay $25.00 up front before scheduling a new appointment. Any patient who does not show up for their scheduled procedure will be required to pay $100.00 up front before scheduling a new procedure. Upon showing up for the 2nd scheduled appointment or procedure, the patient will be refunded their money back and we will file their insurance. If the patient does not have insurance, the money will be applied towards that service. If the patient fails to show up for the 2nd scheduled appointment or procedure we may keep the down payment they provided us.

About the Gastro Center of New Smyrna Beach: At the Gastro Center of New Smyrna Beach we strive to provide you with the most compassionate, high quality GI (gastroenterology) care you can get anywhere. We provide the overall same service that you would expect to get from a large educational institution, but in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere. Dr. DeCarli and staff participate in continuing education in GI and endoscopy. It is our goal to help you with all of your gastroenterological needs.