My local GI has 'downsized' and I am being reassigned to --- a nurse practitioner. Very disappointed, as it took 21 years to find this guy, who was recommended by my Cleveland Clinic CRS.
I explained my situation over the phone (jpouch) but apparently all the GI's patients are being reassigned to NP - it doesn't matter how special I am
I'm trying to be open-minded about this, and am willing to see her, but am having a bit of trouble adapting to the idea. I am curious as to whether anyone else here is seeing a Nurse Practitioner in lieu of a gastroenterologist, and if so, can you report on any benefits, downsides, etc.? The scheduler told me that the NP can do about anything the GI can do, except for procedures, which she can schedule.
I mostly have a local GI on hand for emergencies, scripts, etc. I also have seen Dr. Shen and a CRS at Cleveland Clinic - mostly for fistula issues.
Also, on the off-chance, does anyone know a GI doc who works with j-pouch patients in the Columbus, Ohio area?