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Gastroenterology

The digestive system is one of the most intricate and sensitive systems in our bodies. It can affect and be affected by all our other systems. At St. Croix Health, our Gastroenterologist is specially trained to help diagnose, treat, and manage care for conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. This includes the esophagus, stomach, liver, small intestine, large intestine, and anus. We are also committed to providing exceptional primary prevention and screening services to reduce the incidence of colon cancer. Our team is led by Gastroenterologist Dr. Marisa Spencer who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, and Hepatology.

Treated conditions:

  • Celiac Disease
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Liver Disease
  • Cirrhosis

Digestive Disorder Signs

Symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders differ among individuals. People can experience stomach pain, constipation, indigestion, or diarrhea. Anytime you have a new or unusual symptom, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with a primary care doctor so they can refer you to our specialists if needed.

Treatment

Treatment varies depending on the digestive condition. Here are some of the most common treatment options:

  • Nutrition and Dietary changes: Some digestive conditions can be improved by making changes to your diet. Your doctor may recommend healthy eating habits and increasing your exercise to keep your digestive system on track. They may also advise avoiding certain foods that may cause irritation.
  • Medication: There is a wide range of medications and supplements for digestive conditions. There are over the counter and prescription medications that may be used to treat digestive conditions. Speak with your doctor to determine what the best treatment options would be for you.

Colorectal Cancer Screening

It is recommended by the CDC that you should be screened for colorectal cancer between the ages of 45-75. Speak with your doctor about when to begin screenings and which test is right for you. Contact your insurance provider to ensure the screening is covered before moving forward with a scheduled date and time. Depending on your plan and eligibility, screenings may also be covered by your health insurance policy without a deductible or co-pay. For information about the different testing options, check here.

Procedures offered at St. Croix Health:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Upper Endoscopy (EGD)
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • High Resolution Esophageal Manometry
  • pH Impedance Study
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Genetic Testing for Hereditary Colon Cancer Syndromes
  • WATS Biopsies for Barrett's Esophagus
  • Breath Testing for Food Intolerance and SIBO
  • CT Colonography
  • Transit Study
  • Bravo™ Reflux Testing

Surgery: Many procedures can now be done with minimally invasive techniques however, in some cases, the best and safest treatment option may be surgery.

Capsule (Pill Camera) Endoscopy

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy/Flex Sig

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy / EGD

Breath Testing

Bravo™ Reflux Test