Gastroenterologists and hepatologists at Mayo Clinic specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the pancreas, liver, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon. More than 100 specialists work at the three Mayo locations, one of the largest group of specialists in the world.
Mayo resources include the latest advances in endoscopic equipment. With these minimally invasive capabilities, physicians insert tubes through the mouth, nose or rectum to examine and treat problems of the digestive tract. Annually, staff members perform more than 50,000 minimally invasive, endoscopic procedures, including colonoscopy, small bowel enteroscopy, laser endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasonography and photodynamic therapy.
Among the areas of service offered in Gastroenterology are:
The National Institutes of Health funds numerous Gastroenterology research projects at Mayo Clinic. This cooperation helps create an environment for cutting-edge research in which Mayo's scientists and physicians produce more original gastroenterology-related research articles than any other institution in the world. Research conducted at Mayo has produced new treatments of liver disease, new technology to identify and treat irritable bowel syndrome and other motility disorders, and a new generation of endoscopes to perform incision-free procedures.
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