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CentraCare Digestive Center

Digestive CenterAs the only full-service gastroenterology practice in Central Minnesota, CentraCare Digestive Center provides comprehensive, high-quality, cost-effective digestive care.

Why choose CentraCare Digestive Center?

  • Expert staff and physicians who do a high volume of procedures — that is, collectively, nearly 40 procedures a day — the most of any doctor group in Central Minnesota
  • Published outcomes which rank well above the national standards for detection rates, cecal intubation rate (reaching the beginning of the colon) and withdrawal times
  • Close to home so it’s easier to find a driver to bring you to and from your appointment. We provide outreach at six locations.
  • Cost effective, competitively priced procedures, because we know you care about cost
  • Nationally recognized
St. Cloud Hospital is one of America’s Best Hospitals for Gastroenterology

One of America’s Best Hospitals for Gastroenterology

The CentraCare Digestive Center is proud to provide Central Minnesota with comprehensive, high quality gastroenterology care.

St. Cloud Hospital was ranked 45th in the nation for gastroenterology and GI surgery by U.S. News & World Report in its “Best Hospitals” edition released this past July. In all, just 137 hospitals — less than 3 percent of those in the nation — earned a national ranking in at least one specialty. The rankings are based on patient safety, advanced technology and other measures.

Conditions treated

We treat conditions and disorders related to:

  • Esophagus
  • Stomach
  • Gallbladder
  • Pancreas
  • Liver
  • Small intestine
  • Large intestine


The following procedures are available:
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP)
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Motility Tests
  • pH testing
  • Barrett’s Ablation

Stress & digestive health

It is not entirely clear how stress, anxiety, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are related — or which one comes first — but studies show they tend to co-exist.

What is IBS?

IBS is a disorder of the intestines. It causes belly pain, cramping or bloating, sudden urges and diarrhea or constipation. IBS is a long-term problem. You can’t prevent IBS, but there are things you can do to reduce your symptoms.

How do you treat IBS?

In addition to changing your diet, getting enough exercise and sleep, and seeking medical treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) gives you tools to cope with gastrointestinal symptoms. This is a form of psychotherapy that teaches you to analyze negative, distorted thoughts and replace them with more realistic thoughts. Relaxation training will also be provided. CentraCare Digestive Center partners with St. Cloud Hospital Behavioral Health to help patients identify and modify stressors that may affect IBS symptoms.

What is the cost?

Therapy takes place for 10-20 weeks, meeting in 50-minute sessions, individually or in a group setting. Insurance often covers CBT. Check with your insurance provider to determine your coverage.

For more information

If you are suffering from IBS and would like to try CBT to help manage your symptoms, please talk to a gastroenterologist about a referral to behavioral health.

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