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Gastroenterology

The 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:



ACMC has joined together with the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic to form the Minnesota Chapter of the National Pancreas Foundation. ACMC Gastroenterologist, Dr. Charles Ulrich, serves as Medical Director for the Minnesota Chapter.

The goal of this local chapter is to support the research of diseases of the pancreas and to provide information and humanitarian services to those people who are suffering from such illnesses. For more information visit www.pancreasfoundation.org.
  • 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, ?-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 impedence manometry
  • 24 hr ambulatory pH & impedence 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 impedence and capsule endoscopy.

Consultative and endoscopic services are also provided by our gastroenterologists through outreach programs in ACMC-Marshall and ACMC-Redwood Falls.

Endoscopy is provided by our general surgeons through outreach in Appleton, Benson, Granite Falls and Ortonville.

ACMC clinics offering Gastroenterology services:

ACMC-Willmar Main Clinic: (320) 231-6722
(888) 225-6580 (Toll-free)
(320) 231-6375 (Case Management)
ACMC-Marshall: (507) 532-1101
ACMC-Redwood Falls: (507) 697-6650