Gastroenterology

 

Important information during COVID-19

We require all patients and visitors to wear a mask or face covering while in our hospitals. We’re also screening all patients and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19.For safety reasons, we only allow one adult visitor per patient, per day. No visitors are allowed for patients with COVID-19. Exceptions to these policies include:

  • Newborn, special care nursery and pediatric patients: Parents and/or legal guardians (COVID-19 patients: only one person)
  • Birth center patients: Two support persons, including a doula (COVID-19 patients: only one person)
  • Patients who need additional assistance: A caregiver or attendant
  • Compassionate care patients (end-of-life patients)

We’re encouraging patients to find other ways to connect with their loved ones, such as FaceTime, Skype or setting up Google Duo (PDF). Our patient care teams can help arrange video chats and more.

If you need in-person or emergency care, don’t delay. We’re open and ready to care for you, with rigorous safety and cleaning protocols in place to help keep you healthy. To see if you should be tested for COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 testing page.

 

Gastroenterologists (“GI doctors”) have extensive training in diseases of the digestive system. Gastrointestinal organs include the stomach, intestine, liver, pancreas and gallbladder. Gastroenterologists can listen to your problems, perform tests for diagnoses, answer your questions and prescribe treatment options.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (715) 243-3400.

Conditions

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Celiac Disease
  • Chronic Heartburn/GERD
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Esophageal Tumors
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Liver Disease
  • Pancreatic Disorders
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Ulcers

Procedures

  • EGD (Upper Endoscopy)
  • PEG Tube Placement & Removal
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Esophageal Dilatations
  • Stent Placement
  • Barrett’s Surveillance

Meet the Team

Our team consists of a gastroenterologist and general surgeons trained to perform common GI procedures.

Common Procedures

EGD (Upper Endoscopy)
Upper endoscopy enables the physician to look inside the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine). The procedure might be used to discover the reason for swallowing difficulties, nausea, vomiting, reflux, bleeding, indigestion, abdominal pain, or chest pain. Upper endoscopy is also called EGD, which stands for esophagogastroduodenoscopy (eh-SAH-fuh-goh-GAS-troh-doo-AH-duh-NAH-skuh-pee).

Colonoscopy
A colonoscopy is a procedure in which a physician examines the lining of your colon by looking through a flexible tube called a colonoscope. If growths or other abnormalities are found during the procedure, the physician will remove or biopsy the abnormal tissue and send it to the pathology lab.

What makes a high-quality Colonoscopy?