Gastroenterology Services

At Saint Francis Medical Center, our Center for Digestive Diseases treats patients with a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions, including colon cancer, using the latest medical advances and leading technology in our Gastrointestinal (GI) Lab. Our specialists diagnose, manage and treat a wide variety of digestive disorders, providing inpatient and outpatient care to patients with digestive health conditions from southeast Missouri, southern Illinois and western Kentucky.

Our Medical Partners at Cape Gastroenterology Specialists and Saint Francis Clinic Poplar Bluff also provide comprehensive gastroenterology services. As part of Saint Francis Healthcare System, these Medical Partners have access to the extensive resources of our Center for Digestive Diseases, offering patients a true continuum of digestive healthcare. No referral is needed to see the professionals at these practices. Call today!

Gastroenterology Lab

Because diagnosing GI conditions is difficult, Saint Francis’ gastroenterologists use a range of highly sensitive, ultra-precise tools in our Gastroenterology Lab. These state-of-the-art tools allow better imaging of the digestive tract; better detection, location and staging of tumors and cysts; and less-invasive treatment for GI conditions. These important tests include:

Nutrition Services

What you eat directly impacts your health. But with nutritional information constantly changing, it is often difficult to sift through the latest nutritional news to determine the most accurate, up-to-date recommendations. Nutrition Services at Saint Francis Medical Center can help by offering a team of specialty-trained dietitians to help you select foods for a healthier lifestyle and meet special dietary needs for gastrointestinal conditions, such as:

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Colitis
  • Diverticulosis and diverticulitis
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)/heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lactose intolerance

With a physician’s referral, our dietitians can educate participants on medical nutrition therapy on an individual basis or in a class setting. For more information about Nutrition Services at Saint Francis Medical Center, call 573–331–5111.