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Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire offers new, specialized treatment and care for patients

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For patients seeking expert health care close to home in the Chippewa Valley, Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire is proud to announce two advances in care and treatment. We continue to strive to offer advanced services to our patients.

Eau Claire now offers minimally-invasive endoscopic procedure to treat gall stones

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a minimally-invasive procedure to treat gallstones using an endoscopic approach, rather than a surgical approach. The procedure is new to Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire and is offered in partnership with GI Associates.

Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in your gallbladder. Gallstones can range in size from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball. For people who experience symptoms from their gallstones, treatment is recommended to remove the gallstones.

The ERCP procedure eliminates the need for surgery. The procedure can diagnose and treat problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and pancreas.

During the procedure, your provider uses an endoscope – a flexible, lighted tube – and inserts it through your mouth, throat and stomach to the gallbladder. The scope allows the provider to view the inside of the organs and check for problems. During the ERCP, your provider can open blocked or narrowed ducts, break up or remove stones and perform a biopsy, if needed.

Specialized therapy for Parkinson’s Disease now offered by therapy team

Specialized therapy for Parkinson’s Disease is now offered at Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire Physical Therapy Center. Anna Rinholen, occupational therapist, recently earned her PWR!Moves certification, which allows her to bring functional mobility rehabilitation specific to Parkinson’s Disease patients to Eau Claire.

Rinholen will provide consultative, proactive, restorative and skill maintenance services with the goal to put off functional decline across disease severity. She also can target multiple motor and non-motor symptoms.

PWR!Moves therapists can address personal goals and needs of the patient and create task-specific activities targeting gait, agility, strength, self-care, freezing, dexterity and posture tailed to the patient’s needs.

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