Liver and Pancreas Clinic Visit Overview
The Liver and Pancreas Program for hepatopancreaticobiliary disorders at UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin brings together a complete team of health care professionals to treat problems of the liver, bile ducts, gallbaldder, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract.
About the Liver and Pancreas Program
Most patients are referred to the Liver and Pancreas Program by their primary physician.
To ensure that all treatment options are explored, patient cases are discussed at the weekly hepatopancreaticobiliary multidisciplinary conference that immediately follows the clinic.
What to Bring to Your First Clinic Visit
On the first visit to the Liver and Pancreas Clinic, patients should bring:
- Medical reports
- Pathology slides
- Letters and any other materials from their primary care physician
These materials will help the multidisciplinary team assess the case and determine whether additional tests are necessary.
HMO patients should also bring a written referral.
What to Expect at Your Clinic Visit
Each patient spends a half-day at the clinic, during which time he or she meets with one or several physicians, depending on his or her condition. Our physicians review the case, perform an examination, order further testing if necessary and recommend a diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
If a patient has special needs, we may enlist the help of a social worker, nutritionist, home health care specialist or another health professional.
At the conclusion of the clinic visit, one of our physicians discusses the team's findings and treatment recommendations with the patient. Physicians and nurses work closely with the patient to make sure he or she understands the diagnosis and treatment options.
Please note that any follow up treatments, including surgeries will be scheduled following your initial visit. If surgery is indicated, learn more about how to prepare.
Our Dedication to Referring Physicians
We believe the best way to manage complex diseases is through teamwork, both within our institution and with physicians throughout the community. Our staff is dedicated to working closely with referring physicians to make a diagnosis and to develop and carry out an appropriate treatment plan that uses the most current resources and knowledge available.
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