SCRMCGastroenterology

Gastroenterology

The digestive system is one of the most intricate and sensitive systems in our bodies. It can affect, and be affected by, nearly all of our other systems. At St. Croix Regional Medical Center, our Gastroenterologists are specially trained to help diagnose, treat, and manage care for conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, 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.

What We Treat

  • Celiac Disease
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Diverticulitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gastric Reflux Disease

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 eating healthier and increasing your exercise to keep your digestive system on track. They may also advise avoiding certain foods that may cause irritation. Doctors also suggest taking vitamin supplements or probiotics to provide nutrients to your system.
  • Medication: There is a wide range of medications and supplements for digestive conditions. Antibiotics, antacids, immune suppressors and anti-inflammatory drugs are commonly used to treat digestive conditions.

Surgery: In some cases, the best treatment option is surgery. Many procedures can now be done with minimally invasive techniques.