Endoscopy Unit

Endoscopy is a way of looking inside the body using a flexible tube that has a small camera on the end of it. This instrument is called an endoscope.

At St. Mary’s, Respirologists, Gastroenterologists and Surgeons perform more than 5,800 endoscopic procedures a year. The most common procedures in the Endoscopy Unit are:

Many of these procedures are undertaken because family history heightens the patient’s risk factors, or because they have reached an age where it is recommended.

If patients are experiencing symptoms, endoscopy is a form of investigation that can lead to a treatment plan if disease is detected. At St. Mary’s the Endoscopy Unit is available 24/7 for emergencies such as gastrointestinal bleeding that would require investigation and treatment.

St. Mary’s is one of nine pilot sites in Ontario testing a provincial initiative in which specially trained Registered Nurses perform Flexible Sigmoidoscopy. This pilot is intended to increase screening capacity for patients with an average risk of developing colorectal cancer.