Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Gastroenterology

Don’t ignore digestive issues. Our Gastroenterology department provides consultation and treatment for the full spectrum of gastrointestinal, biliary, pancreatic and liver diseases including but not limited to:

Intestinal Disorders:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Esophageal strictures
  • Esophageal motility disorders (e.g. achalasia, esophageal spasm)
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Gastroparesis (delayed emptying of the stomach)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases (e.g. Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, lymphocytic colitis)
  • Other diarrheal disorders (e.g. celiac disease, parasitic disease, Clostridium difficille)
  • Other causes of constipation (e.g. colonic inertia, pelvic floor dysfunction)
  • Intestinal polyps and tumors
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Attributable to bariatric surgery

Biliary disorders:

  • Cholelithiasis and choledocholithiasis (stones in the gallbladder and bile ducts)
  • Biliary dyskinesia (symptoms attributable to gallbladder dysfunction)
  • Bile duct strictures (benign and malignant)
  • Disease of the ampulla of Vater (e.g. stenosis, polyp, cancer)

Pancreatic disorders:

  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Autoimmune pancreatitis
  • Hereditary pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic cysts (benign and malignant)
  • Other tumors of the pancreas (e.g. neuroendocrine tumors, adenocarcinoma, lymphoma)

Liver disorders:

  • Abnormal liver function tests
  • Alcoholic liver disease
  • Viral hepatitis (e.g. hepatitis B, hepatitis C)
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Steatohepatitis (fat in the liver with associated inflammation)
  • Primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Other liver disorders (e.g. hemochromatosis, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, Wilson's disease)
  • Liver tumors (benign and malignant)
  • Cirrhosis and its complications (e.g. esophageal varices, ascites, encephalopathy)

Endoscopic procedures include:

  • Upper GI endoscopy (e.g. esophagogastroduodenoscopy, small bowel enteroscopy)
  • Variceal band ligation
  • Stricture dilation (e.g. esophageal, pyloric, duodenal)
  • Esophageal and duodenal stent placement
  • Botulinum toxin injection therapy (e.g. achalasia)
  • Colonoscopy
  • EUS (endoscopic ultrasonography)
  • ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)
  • Wireless small bowel video capsule endoscopy
  • Intraoperative endoscopy

A certified gastroenterology registered nurse provides case management (coordination, tracking and support of patients) throughout their treatment process. Services provided include:

  • Infusion therapy (e.g. Remicade for inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Care and monitoring of patients with Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
  • Esophageal motility including impedance manometry
  • 24-hour ambulatory pH & impedance testing for suspected gastroesophageal reflux
  • Performance of wireless small bowel video capsule endoscopy

Direct booking without consultation is available for most endoscopic procedures, esophageal motility, 24-hour ambulatory pH and impedance and capsule endoscopy.

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Gastroenterology Team Members

Carris Health - Willmar Main Clinic

Gastroenterology Visiting Physician

Carris Health - Redwood Clinic: 507-637-2985

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