Gastroenterology

Rely on the experts at Essentia Health to help you manage the symptoms and discomfort associated with digestive health disorders. Our experienced gastroenterologists treat everything from ulcers and acid reflux to liver conditions and Crohn’s disease. We will work with you to diagnosis your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan to improve your health and wellbeing.

What's a Gastroenterologist?

A gastroenterologist is an internal medicine doctor with specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of the liver and digestive system, or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The GI tract includes the stomach, intestines, esophagus, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, colon, and rectum.

When to See a Specialist

Talk to your primary care doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Stomach pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Trouble swallowing

Your doctor may refer you to a gastroenterologist for more specialized care and diagnostic testing.

Conditions Treated

See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.

Conditions

Your First Visit

During your first visit, you and your gastroenterologist will discuss your symptoms, lifestyle, diet, and personal and family medical history. Expect a head-to-toe exam and, if necessary, follow-up testing.

After a diagnosis is made, your doctor will talk with you about treatment options.

TeleVideo Exam Follow-Up Visits

If your gastroenterologist’s office isn’t near your hometown, ask if your follow-up visits can take place by TeleVideo Exam. Info You’ll visit your local Essentia clinic and use live video and audio technology to talk to your gastroenterologist. This can save you time and reduce your travel expenses.

Diagnostic Tests & Treatments

The experienced digestive disease specialists at Essentia Health offer comprehensive GI care including the following diagnostic tests and treatments:

  • Bravo pH monitoring – Attaches a tiny capsule to your esophagus (swallowing tube) for two days to measure acid and check for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Breath testing – Measures certain gases in your breath to check for lactose intolerance, fructose intolerance, or digestive diseases
  • Colon cancer screenings – Look for signs of colon cancer before you notice symptoms
  • Endoscopy – Looks inside your digestive tract so doctors can test or treat it
  • Esophageal stenting – Places a tube in your esophagus to keep it open and help you swallow better
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy – Examines the rectum and lower colon
  • Inflammatory bowel disease medicine – Eases belly pain, diarrhea, and other symptoms in your colon
  • Liver care – Includes new medicines for hepatitis C, as well as care before and after liver transplant
  • Manometry – Slides a thin tube into your esophagus or rectum to check muscle strength

GERD

Benefits of Probiotics

Celiac Disease

Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, call 844-663-1068 from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. You'll need a physician's referral for gastroenterology services in Central Minnesota.