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GI Consultation Specialist

Blake GI Med Spa Services

MedSpa & Gastroenterologists located in Philadelphia, PA

Many people struggle with gastrointestinal problems like abdominal pain, heartburn, and constipation that would benefit from a gastrointestinal (GI) consultation. At Blake GI Med Spa Services in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, James Blake, DO, Carmen Sandridge, DO, and the team specialize in gastroenterology and provide GI consultations. However, they take a more holistic approach to care, focusing on wellness rather than sickness. To schedule a GI consultation with the holistic team, call the office or book an appointment online today.

GI Consultation Q&A

Who needs a GI consultation?

Heartburn, abdominal pain, and diarrhea are common gastrointestinal (GI) conditions that affect almost everyone at some point in their life. In many cases, these issues are short-term and resolve on their own.

However, you may benefit from a GI consultation if your abdominal symptoms fail to go away within a week or so of at-home care. You also need a GI consultation if you have:

  • Blood in your stool
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Heartburn two or more days a week
  • Ongoing gas or bloating
  • Chronic or intermittent abdominal pain
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Hemorrhoids

The team at Blake GI Med Spa Services specializes in gastroenterology. However, they take a more holistic approach to care. Instead of focusing on your symptoms and gastrointestinal system, they focus on your whole health.

What can I expect during a GI consultation?

You can expect a comprehensive exam when you come in for a GI consultation at Blake GI Med Spa Services. The team performs an osteopathic GI exam.

Osteopathic doctors undergo the same intense schooling and training as medical doctors. However, the focus of osteopathic medicine is on how all the parts of the body interact and affect each other. More specifically, the musculoskeletal system, which includes your muscles, bones, and nerves. 

During your GI consultation, the team focuses on your whole body, looking for clues that might explain your GI symptoms. They ask about your usual diet, exercise routine, work life, and daily stressors. 

Your provider performs a physical exam and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). OMT is a hands-on technique the experts at Blake GI Med Spa Services use to diagnose, treat, and prevent health problems. 

Your GI specialist targets your abdominal area for OMT, applying gentle pressure to diagnose gastrointestinal problems and ease symptoms. 

What happens after a GI consultation?

After your initial GI consultation at Blake GI Med Spa Services, your provider spends time talking to you about their findings and the lifestyle changes you can make now to alleviate your symptoms, such as diet modification or stress management.

They also schedule follow-up OMT appointments for your GI symptoms and to improve GI health. 

If the team has concerns you have a gastrointestinal disorder that needs further evaluation, they may recommend diagnostic testing such as an upper endoscopy or colonoscopy. For these procedures, the team uses Nitronox™ instead of intravenous (IV) sedation.  

To schedule a holistic GI consultation at Blake GI Med Spa Services, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.