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Lab Services Specialist

Total Family Medical

Primary Care Provider & Psychiatric Mental Health Specialist located in Robert, LA

Many serious health problems present few obvious symptoms in their early stages. Routine lab services, including blood tests and urinalysis, can alert you to potentially serious issues when they respond best to treatment. At Total Family Medical in Robert, Louisiana, the primary care specialists offer lab services on-site. Book an in-person or telemedicine appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the office today.

Lab Services Q&A

What are lab services?

Lab services, or laboratory tests, analyze bodily fluids like blood, urine, or saliva to measure chemical components like vitamins, hormones, or lipids. The information that lab services provide helps diagnose acute and chronic conditions and plays an important role in guiding treatment.

Many serious health problems like heart and kidney disease aren’t visible to the naked eye. Lab services provide comprehensive insights. In addition, they can alert you to potentially life-threatening issues before they get out of hand.

What are some of the most common lab services?

Total Family Medical offers a full suite of lab services. Some of the most common include:

Complete blood count (CBC)

A complete blood count analyzes the levels of 10 different components in your blood, including white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. It detects various health problems, such as vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, infections, and heart conditions.

Basic metabolic panel

A basic metabolic panel requires you to fast for at least eight hours beforehand. It analyzes your blood for the presence of vital nutrients like calcium, sodium, electrolytes, and chloride. Abnormal test results may indicate kidney disease, diabetes, or hormone imbalances.

Thyroid panel

A thyroid panel is a lab test that assesses your thyroid’s function. It measures the level of several hormones, including triiodothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4), and thyroid-stimulating hormone. Abnormal results may indicate hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, or a goiter.

Lipid panel

A lipid panel measures the amount of cholesterol in your blood. Everyone needs some cholesterol to survive, but too much increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke. To receive accurate results, it’s important to fast for at least eight hours before your test.

Glycated hemoglobin test (A1C)

A glycated hemoglobin test determines your risk of diabetes. It measures your average blood sugar levels over the last two or three months. If you receive a reading of 6.5% on two or more tests, it means you have diabetes.

Urinalysis

Urinalysis is a lab test that analyzes a sample of your urine for certain physical properties, including crystals, particulate matter, or organisms. Total Family Medical uses urinalysis to diagnose kidney disease, urinary tract infections, and liver problems.

Stool sample

A stool sample is a lab test that analyzes a bowel movement. Stool samples help diagnose problems that affect your digestive tract, including infection, poor nutrient absorption, or cancer.

From what type of lab services might I benefit?

To determine the type of lab services that most benefit you, your provider at Total Family Medical conducts a physical exam, reviews your health history, and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle. 

After gathering this information, they can make recommendations that align with your age, current condition, and needs. Total Family Medical also offers routine lab services at wellness visits. 

If you need access to lab services, request a consultation at Total Family Medical. To book an in-person or telemedicine appointment, call the office or book online today.