It's easy to assume that all physicians and health care facilities deliver the same high quality medical services. In fact, many people select a doctor simply by using their insurance directory to find a medical practice in a convenient location.
But how can you be certain you've chosen one of the best medical providers for your GI care? At Minnesota Gastroenterology (MNGI), you can be confident you will receive premier medical care for all types of digestive system diseases and conditions.
All MNGI physicians are board-certified or eligible gastroenterologists: trained medical specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. All of our doctors complete three to four 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.
Studies have shown that gastroenterologists perform higher quality colonoscopy screenings and other consultative services when compared to other types of physicians. Non-gastroenterologists are five times more likely to miss colorectal cancer during colonoscopy than gastroenterologists.
The amount of experience your doctor has treating certain conditions is a good indicator of results. In other words, the more experience, the better the results.
Annually, our 75 physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants provide care to almost 90,000 people with digestive disorders and conditions, including hepatitis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, abdominal pain, celiac disease, reflux disease and esophageal disorders.
Again, the more experience your doctor has performing specific procedures - such as colonoscopy - the better results. Minnesota Gastroenterology physicians perform more than 41,000 colonoscopies a year, a procedure used to screen for colon polyps and cancer.
According to the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, a physician should perform at least 100 colonoscopies annually. Every MNGI physician performs at least 250 colonoscopies each year, with some of our physicians completing more than 1,000 of these procedures annually.
We're a nationally recognized leader in health care quality and measurement.
Our excellence in quality measurement has been cited by the American Gastroenterology Association and by national medical publications, such as Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
All MNGI providers pledge to practice evidence-based medicine. That means we incorporate national guidelines and best practices into all of our patient care decisions. We share the results of our quality initiatives and clinical experience online in a periodic Quality & Outcomes Report.