FAQ | Digestive Disease Clinic

General Questions

All you need to know about your visit to Digestive Disease Clinic.

  • What can I expect on my first appointment?
  • How can I best prepare for my office visits?
  • Where is your office located?
  • Can I schedule a scope test without a preliminary office visit?
  • Do I need an authorization/referral?
You will be asked to register at our reception desk and to complete our registration form and comprehensive health history questionnaire. This may take approximately 15 minutes. The receptionist will verify that we have the correct demographic information and review your insurance information. Please bring your insurance card with you for every visit. Your vital signs will be taken and recorded by our nursing personnel. The doctor or nurse practitioner will then interview you and perform a focused physical examination. When appropriate, this may include a digital rectal exam (no preparation is necessary for this exam). The doctor/nurse practitioner will then discuss his/her assessment and what tests may be needed.
If you are new or have not been seen recently in our office you will be asked to update your demographics and health history. Bring a list of your current medications or put them in a bag and bring them with you to your appointment. If you have HMO insurance, you will need to obtain the necessary referral from your family doctor. You may wish to complete our Patient Registration form and Health History forms in advance by either printing them out or completing it online. If you print the forms, complete them and bring them with you the day of your appointment.
Our office and Endoscopy center is located at 2400 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, Florida. For complete directions and map, click here.
Prior to scheduling most initial endoscopy procedures we require patients to have a consultation before any tests are scheduled. During this visit our doctors will evaluate your particular situation by reviewing your medical history, current medications, medical allergies and family history and do an appropriate physical examination. We will also explain the test, why and how to prepare for the test. During this time, you will be given an opportunity to ask questions of the doctor and staff.
Most insurance carriers and third party payers no longer require preauthorization for office visits to specialists. However, if you know that your insurance requires a referral or preauthorization, please obtain prior to your visit. If you have any questions regarding your specific insurance policy, our business office is here to help at
(850) 877-2105. Our business office will pre-certify any special test or procedures ordered at your visit by the physicians or nurse practitioners at Digestive Disease Clinic.

Clinical Questions

The answers for the most common clinical questions are below.

  • How can I get my prescription refilled?
  • What are polyps?
  • Diverticulosis vs. Diverticulitis - What is the difference?
  • What is a hiatal hernia?
Please call our office for medication refills. This process could take up to 3 days, please plan ahead for needed refills. If it has been a year or more since you were seen at the Digestive Disease Clinic, we require patients to be seen within the last year prior to refilling prescriptions. If you are currently under the care of a primary care physician and seeing that physician on a regular basis you could have that physician take over prescribing the medication.
Detailed information on polyps may be found here in a standard printable format.
Diverticulosis is a condition. Most adults have some degree of diverticulosis. It affects the large intestine, or colon. A colon affected by diverticulosis has weak spots in the walls. These weak spots may allow the development of sacs or outpouches (like a bubble forming on a worn inner tube). A single outpouch is called a diverticulae. The presences of these pouches on the colon is called diverticulosis. When the pouches are inflamed or infected, it is called diverticulitis. Most individuals with diverticulosis never develop diverticulitis.
Your stomach may press upward through a weakened area in your diaphragm. This condition is called a "hiatal hernia." A hiatal hernia is a common finding in adults and may cause no symptoms at all. A hiatal hernia can be associated with a weakness in the lower esophageal valve and can worsen symptoms of acid reflux, or GERD.