Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology

Springfield Clinic’s gastroenterology team specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the

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

Gastroenterologists perform diagnostic procedures, such as colonoscopies or upper GI endoscopies, and take state-of-the-art measures to examine patients.

We work with you to determine the best course of treatment, which may involve lifestyle change, medication, endoscopic procedures or a combination of those. If more complex or extensive surgery is required, such as removing cancer from the colon, we collaborate with some of the area’s finest surgeons to care for you.

Colonoscopies save lives!

Screening tests, such as a colonoscopy, help find and remove abnormal growths (polyps) before they turn into cancerous tumors. Our specialists recommend that people over 45 get screened regularly.

Call 217.528.7541 to learn more or to schedule your colonoscopy today.

Adenoma Detection Rate

Adenoma GraphIn the graph above, you’ll see that Springfield Clinic gastroenterologists exceeded the adenoma detection rate benchmark in the last year. The adenoma detection rate, established by experts from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), shows the percentage of patients who had a precancerous polyp (an adenoma) removed during a colonoscopy. (These patients showed no symptoms and had no prior history of polyps.)

The national benchmark for an adenoma detection rate set by the ASGE and ACG says that a high quality screening program should identify and remove adenomas in at least 20 percent of women and 30 percent of men. While the adenoma detection rate and other quality measures help provide a standard means of comparison, the greater value is the relationship between the adenoma detection rate and improved patient health outcomes.

A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine in April 2014 determined that each one percent increase in the adenoma detection rate was associated with a three percent decrease in the risk of colorectal cancer.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women and the second highest cause of cancer-related death. The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is by getting screened regularly.

Each March, Springfield Clinic experts from the Colon & Rectal Surgery and Gastroenterology Departments participate in National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month by encouraging patients to learn more about colorectal cancer and schedule their colonoscopies.