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Cancer Genetic Counseling

Every person is at risk for cancer, and each person's risk is different. Many factors affect a person’s cancer risk, including genetics, gender, age, family history and others. Most cancer occurs by chance, or may be related to lifestyle choices like smoking, not exercising or eating... Read more

Gastroenterology Medical Partners

Gastroenterology Care in Cape Girardeau Specialized gastroenterology care, including the diagnosis, management and treatment of a wide variety of digestive disorders, is readily available across the Saint Francis Healthcare System. Three Saint Francis Medical Partners, located in Cape Girardeau, Sikeston and Poplar Bluff, care for the needs of patients in southern Illinois, southeast... Read more

General Radiology Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is an X-Ray?What radiologic procedures are available?How is the test performed?How to prepare for the test?How will the test feel?Are there any risks associated with X-rays?When will I know my results? What is an X-Ray? X-ray imaging is perhaps the most commonly known form of diagnostic testing.... Read more

Ultrasound Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is an Ultrasound?What is a doppler ultrasound?Why has my doctor recommended an ultrasound?What will the exam be like?How long will the exam take?When will I know my results? What is an Ultrasound? Ultrasound utilizes sound waves to obtain a medical image or picture of various organs and... Read more

Nuclear Medicine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Nuclear Cardiac Scanning (Stress Testing)?What will a Nuclear Scan tell me?When will I know the results? What is Nuclear Cardiac Scanning (Stress Testing)? Nuclear Cardiac Imaging, also called a Nuclear stress test, is a type of imaging that shows the flow of blood through a patient’s... Read more

Digital Mammography Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a Digital Mammogram?Why should I get a mammogram?Why do you need my previous mammogram?What can I expect during a mammogram?How do I prepare for my exam?Will my mammogram be painful?How do I obtain my results? What is a Digital Mammogram? A digital mammogram is a low-dose... Read more


From minor outpatient to advanced procedures, the surgical specialists at Saint Francis Healthcare System are here for you. Our highly trained staff uses the latest technology and meticulous patient safety measures to ensure the best possible results so you can get back to living your best life.... Read more

Sacroiliac Joint Fusion

What is the sacroiliac joint (SI Joint)? The sacroiliac, or SI, joints are joints between the pelvic bones and the base of the spine, or sacrum. They are located in the lower back on each side where most people have a dimple in the skin. Unlike the... Read more

Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR)

What is Mitral Regurgitation? Mitral regurgitation (MR) is the leakage of blood backward through the mitral valve each time the heart contracts. When this happens, patients can experience significant shortness of breath and their activity tolerance may be greatly reduced. MitraClip MitraClip device Saint Francis Healthcare System offers the MitraClip... Read more

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

What is TAVR? Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure which repairs the valve without removing the old, damaged valve. Instead, a replacement valve is wedged into the aortic valve's place. How does TAVR work? Somewhat similar to a stent placed in an artery, the... Read more

Heart Valve Center

Exceptional Cardiac Care When it comes to your heart, you deserve the best. With its multidisciplinary team of talented cardiologists, heart surgeons, specialists and dedicated coordinator, the Heart Valve Center at Saint Francis Medical Center offers the most advanced treatments for heart valve disease. Coordinated Care for Better... Read more

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Heals Wounds, Saves Lives

Oxygen. This colorless, odorless, tasteless gas heals wounds, reverses radiation burns and saves lives! Hyperbaric oxygen therapy utilizes this miracle substance to treat serious infections, bubbles of air in blood, and chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcerations, venous leg ulcers and tissue pressure injuries. Matthew B.... Read more

Center for Joint Replacement & Revision Testimonials

Learn about patient experiences in their own words. General CJRR Tesimonials Staff recognition: Amy, Ronnie, Morgan RN Very caring and clean place. Got to room fast when I called. Thank you! Staff recognition: Lisa (NA), Amy, Ronnie, Hannah Loved the therapy. Ronnie was great. Amy was so upbeat. From beginning to end,... Read more

Safe Sleep for Babies

Does it Matter How a Baby Sleeps? Yes! Infants need the safest sleep environment possible to decrease the baby’s risk of sleep-related death. Babies and parents sleeping together in the same bed – often called co-sleeping – is discouraged for the baby’s safety. As recent as 2017,... Read more


What is an Intensivist? Intensivists are doctors who focus on care of critically ill patients, usually in an intensive care unit (ICU). These critical care physicians have advanced training in treating this type of patient. At Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, this team of physicians... Read more

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