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Gastroenterology Services

At Saint Francis Medical Center, our Gastroenterology department treats patients with a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions, including colon cancer, using the latest medical advances in the field. Our affiliates at Cape Gastroenterology Specialists, having access to the Saint Francis Gastroenterology Lab, offer both inpatient and outpatient care to patients in the southern Illinois, southeast Missouri, and western Kentucky regions. Likewise, our Center for Digestive Diseases diagnoses, manages, and treats a variety of disorders — and since no physician referral is required, you can call us right away to schedule an appointment.

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:

  • Bravo® esophageal pH testing
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
  • Endoscopy
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Esophageal manometry and impedance
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Gastroscopy
  • PillCam® capsule endoscopy
  • Therapeutic endoscopy
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Upper endoscopy and peg tube placement

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
  • Obesity

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.

LINX System for Reflux Disease

The LINX device is a small, flexible ring of magnetic beads that is placed around the esophagus at the lower esophageal sphincter to mimic the natural barrier to reflux and eliminate GERD. Magnetic attraction of the device is designed to close the LES immediately after swallowing, and the LINX System is designed to expand to allow for normal swallowing. The LINX System is installed through an outpatient, minimally invasive procedure – typically takes 40 minutes to complete.


For more information about Gastroenterology Services at Saint Francis Medical Center, call 573–331–3350.

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