Digestive Health

Gundersen's department of Gastroenterology (GI) and our digestive health team specializes in expert diagnosis and patient-focused solutions for adult and pediatric patients with diseases of the digestive system.

We provide professional, personal care from colon cancer prevention to acid reflux treatment. We have a skilled, integrated support staff that assist physicians in diagnosing and treating a comprehensive range of intestinal and liver conditions in a friendly, welcoming and compassionate environment.

We treat problems with:

Services we offer

24 Hour Probe: measures how often and for how long stomach acid enters the tube that leads from your mouth to your stomach. This is a test for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Anorectal Manometry: evaluates patients with constipation or fecal incontinence. It measures the pressures of the anal sphincter muscles, the sensation in the rectum and the reflexes that are needed for normal bowel movements.

Bravo Ph Monitor: attaching a miniature capsule to your esophagus to measure the pH in the esophagus. This test is used to diagnose causes of heartburn and provide specific information about GERD.

Capsule Endoscopy: allows your physician to examine the three portions of the small intestine by having you swallow a vitamin pill-sized camera. This will help the physician determine the cause for recurrent or persistent symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, bleeding or anemia.

Colonoscopy: using a flexible tube that contains a light and a tiny video camera, your physician can look inside your entire large intestine for any polyps or growths.

Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS): capturing high-quality images of your digestive tract and surrounding tissue and organs using a small ultrasound transducer on the tip of an endoscope. EUS can be used for patients suffering chronic pancreatitis or fecal incontinence. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP): inserting an endoscopic tube through your mouth to identify stones, tumors or narrowing in the bile ducts. ERCP is used to identify any problems of the pancreas or bile ducts that can cause abdominal pain (usually in the right upper or middle stomach area) and yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice).

Esophageal Manometry: placing a thin tube down your esophagus (food pipe), your physician can measure the function and strength of your esophagus. This test can identify the causes of heartburn, swallowing problems or chest pain.

Fecal Immunoassay Test: detecting gastrointestinal bleeding associated with disorders such as colon cancer, polyps and colitis. This is a non-invasive test that checks for blood in the stool and is a reliable alternative.

Heartburn and Swallowing Disorders: evaluating, diagnosing and treating patients with symptoms such as painful or difficulty swallowing, coughing and choking while swallowing; heartburn, indigestion, reflux and many more.

LINX System for Reflux Disease (GERD): minimally invasive surgical option for patients who have severe, debilitating heartburn

Upper Endoscopy: examining the lining of the esophagus, stomach and upper duodenum by placing a small camera down your throat. Your doctor may order this test if you have abdominal pain, chronic liver disease or cirrhosis, Crohn's disease and other digestive conditions.

Gastroenterology is a department of Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.

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