Our expert says:
If you have been suffering from flatulence and bloating for a long time, then the first step is to ask your gp to refer you to a Gastroenterologist (a medical dr who specialises in diseases of the digestive tract). The gastroenterologist will examine you and take a medical history and then decide which investigations you require. It is possible that the dr may do a gastroscopy or a colonoscopy or both, as well as a sonar or a scan. It is, therefore, important to arrange to see the gastroenterologist first who will then make the arrangements regarding investigations and treatment. Most medical centres, clinics and hospitals have one or more gastroenterologists on their staff and the facilities required to perform a colon- or a gastroscopy.
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