Minnesota Gastroenterology, P.A. (MNGI) is a Twin Cities-based physician practice specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of adult and pediatric digestive system disorders. Our gastroenterologists have expertise in virtually all aspects of adult and pediatric disorders of the digestive system.
All of our doctors are board-certified or eligible gastroenterologists, who have completed two to three years of GI training in addition to an internal medicine or pediatric residency. Gastroenterologists also receive specialized training in endoscopy, a diagnostic procedure which uses a flexible, lighted tube with a built-in video camera to examine the inside of the digestive/intestinal tract.
Minnesota Gastroenterology currently owns and operates six outpatient clinics and endoscopy centers, which are located in Bloomington, Plymouth, Coon Rapids, Maplewood, Eagan and St. Paul. The MNGI endoscopy centers provide comfortable, patient-centered care and are consistently ranked by area health plans as some of the most efficient and cost-effective outpatient facilities in the Twin Cities.
Many of our physicians specialize in areas such as pediatrics, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), acid reflux, esophageal disorders, colon cancer prevention, liver and biliary tract disease, hepatitis and pancreatic disease.
In addition to our regular outpatient clinics, MNGI has developed three comprehensive, multidisciplinary programs to address the unique needs of people with IBD, hepatitis/liver disease and acid reflux. These clinics are designed to provide coordinated, state-of-the-art care to people with chronic GI diseases.
Early in 2007, Minnesota Gastroenterology (MNGI) expanded its practice to include a full service, in-house pathology laboratory to expedite biopsy diagnosis and reporting for patients, their families and referring physicians.
Biopsy specimens and tissue samples are picked up twice each business day from our five outpatient endoscopy centers and couriered to the MNGI pathology laboratory in Maplewood, where they are processed within six to eight hours of patient procedures.
Hospital Pathology Associates (HPA) physicians, who are highly respected and specially trained in gastrointestinal pathology, read and interpret specimens on-site, often the same day they are received. Biopsy results are available 24 to 48 hours post-procedure, greatly reducing patient wait time and anxiety.
Minnesota Gastroenterology physicians maintain collaborative relationships with local primary care providers, providing much needed patient screening and diagnostic services as well as unique expertise in the management of unusual or chronic GI diseases.
Every day, MNGI gastroenterologists are scheduled at local hospitals for on-site consultation with physicians, hospital staff and patients. Our doctors contribute to effective diagnosis and efficient treatment, often resulting in decreased inpatient lengths of stay and increased patient satisfaction. Minnesota Gastroenterology also provides therapeutic and interventional inpatient GI procedures when needed, such as endoscopic ultrasound.
Our gastroenterologists are known for their use of screening technology - such as colonoscopy, endoscopy, radiology, ultrasound and high resolution manometry - to assist in patient diagnosis and treatment planning.
Moreover, because of our highly trained personnel and well-equipped facilities, MNGI has access to emerging technologies that are often unavailable to other practices, such as the BRAVO pH capsule, HALO ablation for Barrett's esophagus and video capsule endoscopy.
Over the years, our doctors have been some of the first to introduce clinical advances in GI diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, making MNGI a leader in gastroenterology practice. As a frequent participant in national research studies - such blue light treatment of the stomach for eradication of H. pylori and trial medications to treat Hepatitis C - the practice provides opportunities for patients to participate in multi-center national and international clinical research trials.
Since 1996, MNGI has provided GI education to its clinic patients and to the general public. Minnesota Gastroenterology physicians and staff regularly present community-based seminars to increase public awareness about important health issues, such as colorectal cancer symptoms, risk factors and screening.