The most important part of treating a patient is to communicate with them. An in office appointment may be ideal but it is not always practical. Sometimes the time and cost of travelling to get to the doctor visit or of sitting in the waiting room is too high. Some people have mobility issues that make getting to the doctor's office just too challenging. Sometimes you just have a simple question or need a second opinion.
Thankfully, there is a great alternative.
Ask GastroMD offers the opportunity to have an online discussion with me without leaving the comfort of your home or job. There are 3 options that you can use to communicate your questions. For simple questions, you can simply type in your question on the form below and you will receive a reply within 24 hours. Complex questions or second opinion questions can also be typed in the form below, but it would be best that copies of x-rays, blood tests, endoscopy and pathology reports be sent through the secure portal below. A full reply would be available within 72 hours A video chat allows for more direct communication by providing a face to face discussion. This would need to be arranged by appointment. This service would only be available for residents of the Province of Quebec. To access this service, please click here.
The following fees will be applied for these services: For a simple question: $50.00 For a second opinion or complex question; $150.00 For a video chat: $300.00 (this service is only available to Quebec residents)
What information should I include?
It is important to include as much detail as possible to help me provide an accurate assessment of you problem. I would recommend you include the following: 1. What symptoms do you have? When did it start? 2. Does it change with eating or bowel movements? 3. Do you have nausea, vomiting, fever, weight loss or poor appetite? 4. Have you seen black stools or blood in your stools? 5. Have you had any blood tests, imaging studies (ultrasound, CT scan or MRI)? 6. Have you had a gastroscopy or colonoscopy? 7. Have you been prescribed any medical treatments? 8. Have you tried any diet changes or over the counter treatments?
Please also include any past medical history such as other medical problems or surgeries that you had. Also mention the medications you are presently on and any allergies to medications.