Motility procedures volume

Quality and Outcomes Reports - Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Center

Why we measure it - Research shows physicians and hospitals that treat a large number of patients tend to provide a higher level of care and have better outcomes for treatments and procedures.


What this means - Functional abdominal pain procedure volumes continue to increase, indicating more families are choosing our center for their children's care.

About the data - The graph reflects the number of functional abdominal pain procedures performed by our specialists from 2009-2012.

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How we provide the best care

  • The Motility Program at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is one of only two in the country recognized by the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society for training pediatric fellows interested in Gastroenterology motility and functional bowel disorders.
  • A team of specialists, including two dedicated functional abdominal pain nurses, provides family-centered patient care for children with motility and functional bowel disorders.
  • We conduct functional abdominal pain studies including high-resolution esophageal manometry with fluoroscopy, high-definition impedance manometry, antroduodenal manometry, colonic manometry, anorectal manometry and biofeedback.
  • The functional abdominal pain team consists of internationally recognized pediatric gastroenterologists, dedicated nurse clinicians and pediatric psychologists who provide biofeedback and counseling services. The team also works with the hospital's Jane B. Pettit Pain and Palliative Care Center which includes experts in chronic pain management, as well as pediatric neurologists with expertise in pediatric dysautonomias.
  • We conduct research to better understand functional abdominal pain disorders and improve treatments. Current studies include:
    • Assessing the impact of chronic constipation, fecal incontinence and treatment strategies on quality of life.
    • Functional MRI studies of brain activity to improve the understanding of visceral pain.
    • Understanding the pathophysiology of heartburn in children.

Family accommodations

Families traveling from long distances are encouraged to use our Family Accommodations Program to make travel arrangements and coordinate appointments. Children's Hospital has partnered with non-profit organizations like Ronald McDonald House to offer comfortable, "home away from home" accommodations. Local hotel chains on our referral list also offer discounts for patient families.