Medical Services

Medical Services

Digestive Services

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Mercy Iowa City and its medical staff offer a variety of digestive services to patients of all ages-including diagnosis, intervention, therapy, nursing care, and rehabilitation. Digestive concerns may include heartburn (reflux, GERD) see more information; stomach, intestinal, pancreas, liver, and gallstone conditions.

Many of Mercy's digestive services are provided through the Endoscopy Unit by gastroenterologists and general surgeons. This unit provides diagnostic "scope" procedures of the digestive system and lungs for both inpatients and outpatients. These procedures are done using IV conscious sedation and/or local anesthesia. They include:

  • Upper Endoscopy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy and Colonoscopy
  • Ambulatory pH Manometry
  • Liver Biopsy
  • PEG Placement/Removal
  • Esophageal Motility

Most patient visits are complete in about three hours, including 30-45 minutes for the procedure itself.

Endoscopic procedures requiring general anesthesia are done in the Surgery Department.

Nutrition counseling, provided by registered dietitians, can be an important aid for people living with digestive disorders. For more information, talk with your physician, call Mercy On Call at 358-2767, or visit Mercy's nutrition counseling page.

If you would like a nurse to help you make an appointment with a Mercy doctor, call Mercy On Call at 358-2767 or 800-358-2767, or visit