South Bay Gastroenterology Medical Group's physicians physicians are all board-certified in gastroenterology and are highly trained professional specialists, each of which has had extensive experience and expertise in the care and treatment of a wide variety of gastroenterological problems. As such, they perform a number of related procedures mostly, but not always, on an out-patient basis. The most common procedures performed by South Bay GI’s physicians include Upper GI Endoscopy, Colonoscopy, ERCP, and Endoscopic Ultrasound, all of which utilize video endoscopic devices. In general, “Endoscopy” refers to the use of an endoscope – a thin, flexible tube with a tiny video camera at its end which transmits its images to a video screen, allowing the gastroenterologist to diagnose and treat various diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
Our insurance department is available to answer your questions from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday by dialing (310) 539-2059. If you find it more convenient than mailing a check, you may pay your bill using your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and ATM. We accommodate a large number of insurance carriers. A partial list includes:
- Blue Cross PPO
- Blue Shield PPO
- Cigna PPO
- Great West PPO
- Keenan & Assoc.
- Motion Pictures
- United Healthcare
Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Will I be sedated for the procedures?
Q: Can I drive myself home after the procedure?
Q: Can I take a taxi home?
Q: How long does the procedure take?
Q: Will I need time off from work?
Q: Do I need a referral to be seen?
Q: Will my insurance cover my procedure?
Q: Can I use something else besides Gatorade?
Q: The Dulcolax is causing some abdominal cramping, is this normal?
Q: The bowel prep solution is making me nauseated, what should I do?
Current Research Studies
Our office has been participating in research studies for over 15 years. Below is a list of current enrolling studies. Some studies offer financial payments for patient participation or access to free medications. If you would like more information regarding participation in any of our studies, please contact our Research Coordinator, Vickie Wiseman at 310-539-2055 extension 720.
- Crohns Disease: Patients with active moderate to severe Crohns Disease with symptoms that are not controlled. This study is with the use of a biologic medication.
- Iron Study: Patients with Anemia and their hemoglobin is less than 11. This study is in the use of oral iron or IV iron.
- Promethus: A blood test to check for antibodies in patients being treated with a biologic who may be presenting with new symptoms.
- Colon Cancer: This study is for patients with no family or personal history of Colon Cancer. The patient must be anemic or have blood in their stool.
- Blood Draw: For patients with chronic livers disease. This study requires a blood sample to be drawn.
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- New Patient Packet - South Bay Gastroenterology Medical Group (PDF)
- New Patient Packet - Endoscopy Center of the South Bay (PDF)