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Location:Mercy Medical Center701 10th Street SECedar Rapids, IA 52403
Park at the North end of Level 2 in the ramp at 8th Street & 8th Avenue.
Phone Number:(319) 398-6484
Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.Monday through Friday
Mercy's state-of-the-art Digestive Health Center offers several procedures for diagnosis and treatment of many kinds of disorders in the gastrointestinal tract. This includes the esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, gall bladder, small intestine and large intestine.
Our staff includes 20 nurses and nurse technicians who are highly skilled, experienced health professionals. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Center offers six procedure rooms, and 20 private preparation and recovery rooms, each with its own bathroom.
We have the capability to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal conditions at the same time. Patients must be referred to Mercy's Digestive Health Center by a primary care physician, gastroenterologist or surgeon. We see patients of all ages.
For inpatients and outpatients, we provide detailed explanations of what to expect in preparing for your digestive health procedure.
We diagnose and treat a number of gastrointestinal disorders that generally stem from diet, environment and/or heredity. Our staff members carefully assess each patient's symptoms and condition, and assist the physician in pinpointing and treating the problem.
In cases where a diagnostic procedure clearly detects a polyp, tumor or gallstone, we can remove or biopsy it. If a blockage is detected, such as food stuck in your esophagus, we can remove it. The most common conditions we treat are abnormalities of the colon.
Other conditions we treat include:
Chronic Liver Disorder Usually, liver function tests (LFT) are first done to determine the general health of the liver. If those results are persistently abnormal, a biopsy may be ordered.
Colon Cancer Almost always starts with a polyp, a small growth on the lining of the colon or rectum (parts of the digestive tract).
Crohn's Disease Crohn's and a related disease (ulcerative colitis) are the main divisions of the group of illnesses called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Their symptoms are very similar, and both involve an abnormal immune response. Crohn's is a chronic disease that usually affects the end of the small intestine and the beginning of the large intestine, but it can also involve any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms include loose bowel movements or abdominal pain, bleeding or fever.
Gallstones Gallstones can form and become trapped in the main bile duct.
Gastritis Inflammation of the lining of the stomach.
GERD Frequent or chronic heartburn (more than twice a week) may be part of a more serious condition known as gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD can lead to more serious medical problems such as difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia), narrowing of the esophagus (strictures), or Barrett's Esophagus.
Pancreatitis Inflammation of the pancreas.
Ulcers Ulcers can develop in the esophagus, stomach or duodenum. Occasionally ulcers can be malignant.
Ulcerative Colitis Similar to Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). However, it only affects the colon, characterized by inflammation and ulceration of the colon's innermost lining. Symptoms include diarrhea and abdominal pain.