The BWH Endoscopy Center at 850 Boylston, led by Medical Director John Saltzman, MD, offers evaluations and treatments for disorders of the small bowel, colon, stomach, esophagus, and the biliary/pancreatic system. The program’s world-class reputation is evidenced by its status as one of only 17 endoscopy programs in the world to be named as a Center of Excellence by the World Organization of Digestive Endoscopy.

As an integral member of the BWH Crohn’s and Colitis team, we offer the latest in surveillance techniques. We also offer therapeutic endoscopy procedures such as balloon dilation of strictures often associated with inflammatory bowel disease. This technique can often allow us to avoid surgery for patients in certain instances.

Will I be awake for my colonoscopy or upper endoscopy?

We use IV conscious sedation which means that you are not as completely sedated as you would be for a major surgery. With IV conscious sedation, patients are comfortable, often sleep through the exam and do not recall the procedure. You will be comfortable and if there are any signs of discomfort, we will usually increase your medication to make you comfortable or we will stop the exam. Occasionally when patients are known to have a difficult time with sedation, we will use Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) which is essentially the same level of sedation as surgery. This is administered within the presence of an anesthesia team who will monitor your vital signs and adjust appropriately during your exam.

Endoscopy Services

  • Breath Test for H-pylori
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopic Retrograde
  • Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • Esophageal Motility and Manometry
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Hydrogen Breath Tests for Lactose
  • Intolerance and Bacterial Overgrowth
  • pH study for Esophageal acid and
  • non-acid reflux
  • Small Bowel Enteroscopy
  • Upper Endoscopy