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Gastroenterology

We provide care for patients with diseases and conditions of the digestive tract including stomach and intestines.
About

In the division of gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition, we serve patients with these major diseases and conditions:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Foreign body ingestion
  • General gastroenterology (severe reflux, refractory constipation, chronic diarrhea, severe prolonged abdominal pain)
  • Liver diseases (including in patients who have had transplantation)
  • Complex nutrition–related conditions (seen by Complex Feeding and Nutrition Service

Patients are seen in clinics (outpatient), in the Medical Day Care Unit, and as inpatients (either as consults or admitted directly under our service). Each year, around 1200 new patients are seen and 1700 follow up visits occur.

Other contact information

General inquiries

Administrative Secretary
Phone: 604 875 2332  Ext 1

New referrals & appointments

Phone: 604 875 2332 Ext 3 
Email: NewGIPatient@cw.bc.ca

Follow-up appointments

Phone: 604 875 2332 Ext 4

Endoscopy bookings

Phone: 604 875 2332 Ext 5
Email: giendoscopy@cw.bc.ca

Nurses (referred patients only)

Phone: 604 875 2332 Ext 6


Procedures

Gastroenterology runs the pediatric endoscopy and procedure suite which provides a full range of procedures. More than 750 procedures are performed annually.

Physicians perform endoscopies in the operating room with sedation provided by anaesthesiologists. 

Procedures include:

  • Upper Endoscopy with biopsies
  • Colonoscopy with biopsies
  • Balloon Dilatation
  • Esophageal banding / Sclerotherapy
  • Polypectomy
  • Foreign body removal

We have the equipment to perform impedance with pH probes as well as esophageal manometry and anorectal manometry. These procedures typically do not require sedation.

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