Apparently, there are VERY few GI docs here in Las Vegas.
I asked mine why and she said it is because they have a high malpractice rate here, which makes sense considering we have a Glen Lerner lawyer commercial on the tv every 2 minutes!
As much as I believe leaving a doctor for a better one, I just can't see it happening here in Vegas, given the few amount of GIs.
After being without insurance for a few months, I got a new job and my insurance was activated by mid november. It's an HMO so I had to see a GP first, who then referred me to the gastroenterology department. The referral took a week to be processed. I called the gastro office and they said there was a cancellation tomorrow on December 8th. If I didn't take it, the next available appointment would be in February!!! Needless to say, I took the appointment.
My GI is a bit abrasive, but she's great. She took one look at my personal history, and ordered a colonscopy, which I hadn't had in years, a small bowel follow through, which I never had to begin with, and a fistulogram, so that I was finally diagnosed with a fistula after 3 months of draining!
The shocking thing about it is that she's not even a doctor. She is an APN. But I wouldn't change her for a doctor. She bosses me around and makes me take care of myself better.
You can find her and other GIs like her at Southwest Medical Associates at the corner of Charleston and Rancho. But, like I said, it'll probably be very hard for you to get an appointment so good luck!
Diagnosed with typical Crohn's at 16.
Got lucky with Asacol for a year, then even luckier with ten years of relative remission.
Now abscesses and fistulas are having an "atypical" Crohn's party around my junk.
My HMO refused the Remicade and now I could be going on Lialda or sulfa? blah