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Pediatric Gastroenterology Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose the gastroenterology program at Brenner Children’s Hospital?

The pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition department at Brenner Children’s Hospital is the region’s leader for diagnosis, treatment and preventative care for pediatric digestive and liver disorders. Our board-certified clinical experts and other health care professionals care for and treat children of all ages, from newborns to young adults. Using state-of-the-art technology and the latest in medical advancements, we provide care for multiple conditions, including constipation, Crohn’s disease, failure to thrive, hepatitis, irritable bowel syndrome and peptic ulcers.

We are nationally recognized for the treatment of celiac disease and our clinicians are experts in the treatment of a wide range of other conditions, including motility disorders. Additionally, our Brenner FIT program specialists work closely with children struggling with obesity.

When are you available?

Our office hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, new patients should call 888-716-WAKE or 336-716-WAKE. Returning patients, please call 336-713-4500.

What does a pediatric gastroenterologist treat? 

The pediatric gastroenterologists at Brenner are highly trained clinicians with access to the latest in state-of-the-art technology. We work with specialists throughout Brenner Children’s Hospital to provide care for a wide range of pediatric gastrointestinal and liver conditions. Learn more about the types of conditions we treat.  

What should I bring with me to a pediatric gastroenterology office appointment?

When you come for your appointment, please bring your child’s medical records, a list of his or her current medications and any imaging studies, if applicable, which should be placed on a CD or other electronic storage device. Please bring your original studies with you, if possible.

What are the steps I need to take to prepare my child for surgery?

Being there for your child before, during and after surgery is the most important thing you can do to help him or her. Surgery can be a very stressful time; your support helps your child maintain the highest level of emotional health. You may also want to do the following to prepare your child for surgery: 

  • Make a list of questions about your child’s diagnosis and treatment and bring that list to your appointments with your doctor.
  • Bring some of your child’s favorite things with you for his or her stay at Brenner. Those comfort items might include family photos, books, favorite toys or stuffed animals, music and a portable music player or a laptop computer. 
  • You should also bring things to help you during your child’s period of stay at Brenner. It’s important that you also maintain optimal physical and emotional health during your child’s surgery and post-operative treatment.

We offer a range of support services for patients and their families. Please ask your health care team for more information about Brenner’s support services and a checklist of things to do right before surgery, including any restrictions on food and water intake.

What should I do to care for my child after surgery?

Your health care team will review with you the instructions you should follow after your child’s surgery. These instructions will be specific to your child’s type of surgery and his or her individualized care plan. We will arrange a follow-up appointment with you in advance, if needed. If your child is running a fever after you return home, please call us right away at 336-713-4500.  

Is my child going to be okay?

Our pediatric gastroenterologists are experts in their field and have been caring for babies, children, teens and young adults for many years. We use the latest in clinical and technological advancements in the care of our patients and will do all that is medically possible to ensure your child has the best possible outcome during his or her period of care at Brenner Children’s Hospital. In addition, we manage a thorough follow-up care program and work closely with your pediatrician and other pediatric specialists to ensure continued optimal care and treatment for your child.

What happens next?

We want you to know each step of your child’s treatment plan. Your doctor will determine this plan and review it with you in great detail. We welcome you to contact us at any time with any questions you may have. You are also given access to a patient navigator or guide that can advise you throughout your child’s entire stay at Brenner Children’s Hospital.

How often do we need to see you?

Your treatment schedule will depend upon your child’s condition. Your pediatric gastroenterologist will work with you to set up a schedule that fits your schedule and your child’s specific health care needs.

Can my child play sports and participate in the things they love to do?

Our goal is to see your child enjoy life. We will do everything possible to get your child back to doing his or her favorite things. Certain conditions and treatments may, however, limit your child’s ability to participate in some sports and other physical activities. Your doctor will provide you with this guidance in detail during your child’s period of care.

  • Brenner Children's Hospital
  • New Patient Appointments

    888-716-WAKE

  • Additional Information

    For new patient appointments, you may request an appointment online.
    For returning patient appointments, you may contact the clinic directly.