Abdominal Pain Program Initial Evaluation

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Abdominal Pain Program Initial Evaluation

What should I expect during my first visit?

All new patients who have experienced pain longer than eight weeks in duration are evaluated jointly by Dr. Craig Friesen (M.D., gastroenterologist), and Dr. Jennifer Schurman (Ph.D., psychologist), reflecting the importance of integration of both the mind and body. Several nurses are also included in the interdisciplinary team and participate in these initial evaluations. This interdisciplinary team approach allows for a variety of perspectives and techniques to contribute to improving the health and functioning of the patient.

As part of your child's first visit, we will complete a detailed history and physical exam. In addition, you and your child will be asked to complete several questionnaires to evaluate issues related to sleep, thoughts, feelings, behaviors, coping skills and interactions with others that may contribute to the onset and/or maintenance of abdominal pain. Together, the medical, psychological, and social information gathered helps us to develop a personalized evaluation and treatment plan for your child.

A new patient evaluation often takes two hours or more to complete. You will leave this visit with a plan designed for your child. This plan may involve a variety of components, including further testing (e.g., endoscopy, lab tests), medicines, psychological treatments focused on coping and pain management, and/or biofeedback training. We also may refer to specialists in other areas (e.g., therapeutic massage, physical therapy, asthma/allergy), as needed.

What should I bring with me to my first visit?

To help us treat your child effectively, please bring copies of any previous test results with you to your child's evaluation visit, as well as a current and complete list of medications. 

If your child has had a scope in the past, it would be helpful for us to review the results prior to your child's first visit to the APC. Please call the office of the physician who did the scope and request that the pathologist send the biopsy slides (not just the pathology report) to:

Craig Friesen, M.D.
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, & Nutrition
Children's Mercy
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

What about the cost?

Separate bills will be generated by Dr. Friesen and Dr. Schurman for time spent during the initial visit. If you have questions about billing issues related to Dr. Schurman's services, please contact Diane Moran (816- 234-3674), Director of Professional Services in the Division of Developmental & Behavioral Sciences. All other billing questions should be directed to Patient Accounts (816) 234-3599).

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