A Partner in Your Digestive Needs

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When you come to Spectrum Health Digestive Health Services, you’re getting comprehensive care with a multidisciplinary approach. Part of the history of this prestigious care started back in 1929, known then as Ferguson Hospital. Located in Grand Rapids, The Ferguson Hospital had the largest colon-rectal residency program. This eventually transformed into Spectrum Health Digestive Health Services. Now performing more than 25,000 endoscopies a year, we have one of the largest volume centers in Michigan. Our experts have more exposure to advanced, complex care cases as well as routine procedures. We offer a wide variety of services, including office visit consultation with a specialist, disease-specific, multi-specialty team clinics, and both outpatient and inpatient procedures.

As the largest inpatient referral center in West Michigan, our community partners know their patients are in good care when they refer patients to Spectrum Health. Our multidisciplinary team includes experts in gastroenterology as well as colorectal, upper gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery who offer the latest minimally invasive procedures. That means less time in the hospital and more time with your family.

We have the largest group of gastroenterologists in West Michigan. Our dedicated team of highly-trained experts perform the latest diagnostic testing in gastroenterology, using modern treatment techniques to manage digestive disease. We are dedicated to preserving the digestive health of our patients and providing the outstanding care every patient deserves.

Conditions we treat

Acid reflux (GERD)
Acute and chronic pancreatitis 
Acute liver disease
Anal abscess / fistula
Anal fissure

Autoimmune liver disease
Barrett's esophagus
Biliary strictures
Celiac sprue
Choledocholithiasis

Chronic hepatitis B
Chronic hepatitis C
Chronic liver disease
Clostridium difficile colitis
Constipation
Crohn's disease
Cystic lesions of the pancreas
Diarrhea
Diarrhea drug induced liver injury (DILI)
Dysphagia
Diverticulitis

Diverticulosis

Dyspagia
Dyssynergic defecation
Eosinophilic esophagitis
Esophageal dysmotility
Esophageal strictures

  • Achalasia
  • Peptic strictures
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis related strictures
  • Pill induced strictures
  • Malignant strictures

Fecal incontinence
Functional constipation
Functional diarrhea
Functional dyspepsia
GI bleeding
Gallstones

Gastric and small bowel AVMs (arteriovenous malformations)
Gastric antral vascular ectasis (GAVE)
Gastroparesis
H pylori
Hemorrhoids

Hernia
Inflammatory bowel syndrome
Internal hemorrhoids
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Ischemic colitis
Liver cirrhosis
Liver disease
Microscopic colitis
Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD and NASH)
Pancreatitis
Peptic gastritis
Peptic ulcer disease
Polyps

Primary biliary cirrhosis
Primary sclerosing cholangitis
Radiation proctitis
Rectal prolapse
Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome
Ulcerative colitis
Ulcerative prolapse

Prevention and treatment options

Dr. Meisner explains what gastroenterologists do and why he finds the practice so rewarding. He also discusses ways to prevent acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease, tells you when to step up treatment if you have it, and talks about the connection to Barrett’s esophagus, a potentially serious pre-cancerous condition.