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Minimally Invasive and Gastrointestinal Surgery

Welcome to the Division of Minimally Invasive and Gastrointestinal Surgery

Welcome to the Division of Minimally Invasive and Gastrointestinal Surgery (MIGS) at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The division is the proud home to several ‘cutting edge’ programs including Bariatric Surgery and the Minimally Invasive General Surgery (MIGS) Research and Innovation Program. Surgeons in the Division of Minimally Invasive and Gastrointestinal Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin strive to offer the most advanced surgical options available – from laparoscopic surgery, to totally incisionless endoscopic procedures, to robotic surgery and whatever comes next. Learn More
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Mission Statement and Values

The mission of the Division of Minimally Invasive and Gastrointestinal Surgery is to promote excellence in patient care, scientific research, and education. We strive to provide the latest techniques to allow our patients to work with us to tailor a treatment plan that is right for them – whether their problem is simple or complex. We will provide timely and attentive service to our patients and referring providers. We will advance the science of surgery and define the future of surgery – both through our advanced research and education programs. Our actions will embody our core values of compassion, professionalism, integrity, and excellence.

Professor and Chief

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Jon C. Gould, MD, MBA

Professor and Chief, Division of Minimally Invasive and Gastrointestinal Surgery; Alonzo P. Walker Professor in General Surgery

Featured Updates

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POEM - Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy for Achalasia
Minimally Invasive Foregut Surgeons in the Division of Minimally Invasive and Gastrointestinal Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin are proud to offer a novel, scarless procedure that restores swallowing function in some patients with achalasia, a rare condition where the esophagus is unable to move food into the stomach. Per-oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is a state-of-the-art technique to treat patients who have achalasia. POEM is an incisionless procedure which utilizes endoscopy to perform a targeted myotomy of the circular muscle fibers of the lower esophagus. This allows food to pass more easily and helps patients eat more comfortably. Additionally, the POEM procedure is performed without any external incisions and as a result there are no surgical scars.

The POEM procedure provides a more minimally invasive approach to achalasia that can help patients recover more quickly than a traditional surgical approach (Heller myotomy).
The LINX® Reflux Management System
The LINX® Reflux Management System

Surgeons in the GERD and Gastrointestinal Surgery Program are the first in the area to offer a brand new, innovative device designed to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) – the LINX® reflux management system. The LINX system is a small flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores designed to restore the body’s natural barrier to reflux in patients with GERD. Learn more about the LINX Reflux Management System.

YouTube video showing laparoscopic surgery to implant a magnetic sphincter augmentation device (LINX)

"Heartburn hell: Woman finds relief with magnetic bead implant" (NBC Today Show 1/22/2015)

Contact Information

Clinic address:
Center for Advanced Care
Surgical Specialties Clinic
8900 W. Doyne Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric Surgery Program
New and Established Patients
(414) 955-1799
(414) 955-0085 (fax)

Minimally Invasive and Gastrointestinal Surgery (MIGS)
Clinic and Patient Appointments
(414) 955-5751
(414) 955-0085 (fax)
Administrative Offices
Bariatric and General
(414) 955-5751
(414) 955-0085 (fax)

Mailing address:
Medical College of Wisconsin
Division of Minimally Invasive and Gastrointestinal Surgery
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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