Why St. Mary’s Health System

At St. Mary’s Health System, our endoscopy team is ready to help detect and diagnose any digestive system disorders that are bothering you.

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center has two gastroenterologists, board certified anesthesiologists and registered nurses providing services for patients of the St. Mary’s Provider Network, Community Clinical Services and others who routinely refer to St. Mary’s for diagnostics and medical treatment.

What is An Endoscopy?

Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to inspect a patient’s digestive tract. Doctors use an endoscope, or a tube equipped with a light and camera, to view images of the digestive tract on a TV monitor. Areas examined include the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, gallbladder and colon.

Conditions & Procedures

Common Conditions

Endoscopic procedures can help identify and diagnose a number of patient health conditions, including:

  • Stomach pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Reflux, polyps, ulcers and colon cancer.

Additional Background on Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States, but when detected early through regular screenings, it’s 90% curable. According to the American Cancer Society the new recommendations say screening should begin at 45 years old for people at average risk.


"I can't emphasize enough how wonderful and supportive the physicians and staff were at St. Mary’s Health System. They were kind and explained everything so clearly. It put me at ease during what could have been a very traumatic time."


Colon Cancer Survivor

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