Family Practice Physicians Questions and Answers

The goal of the Family Practice Physicians is to provide total health care of the individual and the family regardless of their age. For more information about our family practice services, call us or schedule an appointment online! We have convenient locations to serve you in Lehigh Acres FL, and Fort Myers FL.

Family Practice Physicians Near Me in Lehigh Acres FL, and Fort Myers FL
Family Practice Physicians Near Me in Lehigh Acres FL, and Fort Myers FL

Table of Contents:

What does a family physician do?
What is the difference between an internal medicine doctor and a family practice doctor?
Is family practice the same as primary care?
How often should you see your family doctor?

Having a family doctor is a fundamental part of any person’s efforts to take care of their health, especially for those who have a family! If you lack a primary care or family doctor and would like to get established with one in the area of Fort Myers or Lehigh Acres, Florida, our family practice physicians at the medical office of Dr. Pedro Ylisastigui, MD, would be pleased to meet you and provide high-quality medical care to you and your family on a continuing basis.

What does a family physician do?



A family physician provides comprehensive and continuous medical care in a private practice clinic to patients of any age. As such, they serve as the first point of contact for any medical concern that their patients and the families of their patients have, regardless of the age of each family member.

Family physicians can provide a wide variety of medical services to their patients, including the diagnosis and treatment of various acute and chronic injuries, illnesses, and conditions, preventive medicine, prescription medication and refills, specialist referrals, immunizations, and much more.

At the medical office of Dr. Pedro Ylisastigui, MD, our family medicine clinic is proud to provide the following medical services:

Asthma management
Arthritis management
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia treatment
Bone density scans
• Care for routine and common illnesses and injuries
Diabetes management
• Diagnostic services, such as digital X-ray imaging, ultrasound services, and electrocardiogram (EKG) services
Medication management
• Various physical exams, including routine physicals, sports physicals, school physicals, and work physicals
• And much more!

What is the difference between an internal medicine doctor and a family practice doctor?


The main difference between an internal medicine doctor, or internist, and a family practice doctor is that internal medicine doctors only treat adults, while family practice doctors can treat patients of any age, including newborns, toddlers, children, adolescents, and young, middle-aged, and older adults.

Internal medicine doctors and family doctors both have the same amount of education and training, including four years of medical school and three or four years of training in a residency program. With that being said, the residency programs for each doctor have different focuses, as family practice residencies will involve a broader range of medical training for illnesses and conditions affecting both children and adults. In contrast, internal medicine residencies will have more in-depth training for conditions and illnesses exclusively affecting adults.

Is family practice the same as primary care?


Family practice is a primary care service, but it is not synonymous with primary care, as there are several other medical disciplines that also provide primary care services. In addition to family practice, other medical fields that are considered primary care include pediatric medicine, internal medicine, and obstetrics-gynecology (OB/GYN).

How often should you see your family doctor?


In general, you should see your family doctor for any medical concern you have that does not require emergency room care. At the same time, you should also see your family doctor for routine check-ups. For individuals who are 30 or younger, it is recommended to have a routine check-up with your family doctor once every three years. Adults between the ages of 30 and 40 should consider annual check-ups. With that being said, annual check-ups do not become critical until you reach the age of 50.

For more information about family medicine or to schedule an appointment with one of our family practice physicians at the medical office of Dr. Pedro Ylisastigui, MD, we invite you to call us or schedule an appointment through our website. Dr. Pedro Ylisastigui, MD has two clinics located in Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres, Florida. We serve patients from Lehigh Acres FL, Fort Myers FL, Buckingham FL, Cypress Lake FL, Gateway FL, Cape Coral FL, Palmona Park FL, and Alva FL.