Private Gastroenterology

Private Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology is the medical specialty concerned with the study of the digestive system, the diagnosis and the treatment of its pathologies. The organs treated in gastroenterology are the esophagus, liver, bile ducts, pancreas, small intestine, colon, rectum and anus. The gastroenterologist is the doctor who takes care of carrying out digestive endoscopies, ie colonoscopies and gastroscopies.


The gastroenterologist is consulted most often for:

  • Gastric reflux
  • Stomach pains
  • Constipation, flatulence
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain

Note that you can get an appointment with our medical specialists without a medical prescription.

Private gastroenterology, private colonoscopy and private gastroscopy in Quebec.

Gastroentérologie privée - Gastroscopie, colonoscopie

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When you are a Lacroix member, you can exchange two of your family medicine consultations for one specialized medicine consultation at any time*. For more information on our health formulas or to benefit from this advantage and book your appointment, call us at 1 855 841-1911.

* For all specialties except neurology and psychiatry.

Make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Plourde in gastroenterology by calling 1 855 841-1911.


With Dr Victor Plourde, gastroenterologist

Dr. Victor Plourde graduated from the University of Montreal (UdeM) in 1988 (MD, PhD (pharmacology), Gastroenterology). He completed 2 years of fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), then he was subsequently active in academic medicine and research for 15 years (UdeM), generating numerous scientific publications. For the past 15 years, he has been a gastroenterologist at Pierre-Boucher Hospital, with an interest and expertise in inflammatory diseases (Crohn and ulcerative colitis). He was president of the Association des Gastro-enterologues du Québec (AGEQ) from 2006 to 2011. He is also very active in medical expertise (gastroenterology) in addition to being a consultant for several pharmaceutical companies.

Faced with the high demand for gastroenterology and the low supply in the public system, he is now moving towards a hybrid practice, i.e. private and public medicine, in order to better serve the population waiting for services.


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When to consult in gastroenterology?

Among the disorders of the digestive tract that lead people to consult in gastroenterology, let us note:

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Gallstones
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Gastric ulcer
  • Duodenal ulcer
  • Cirrhosis (liver disease)
  • Intestinal polyps
  • Celiac disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease (chronic inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Various inflammations of the organs of the digestive system (pancreas, liver, rectum, appendix, etc.)
  • Tumors (benign or malignant) of the liver, stomach, esophagus or colon


It is generally recognized that age, tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption and a diet high in fat are among the factors increasing the risk of diseases of the digestive system. See more information on the website of the Association of Gastroenterologists of Quebec.

Pathologies treated in gastroenterology

In consultation at our Boucherville clinic, Dr. Plourde receives patients with problems with:

  • Esophagus
  • Stomach
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Small intestine and colon
  • Rectum
  • In short: the entire digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus

Note that Dr. Plourde is overspecialized in inflammatory bowel disease.

No request necessary or mandatory pre-consultation test.

Digestive endoscopy service

Endoscopies (colonoscopies and gastroscopies) take place in our Laval operating room

  • Patients without an external request can see Dr. Plourde in consultation in order to go ahead with the endoscopy
  • External patients with a request can have access to the digestive endoscopy service
  • Interventional or diagnostic endoscopy


Gastrointestinal endoscopies (colonoscopies and gastroscopies) are performed at the Laval operating room, and starting this autumn, also at the Quebec operating room.

Gastrointestinal endoscopy is a medical procedure that involves the use of a medical instrument called an endoscope to examine the inside of a patient’s digestive system. The endoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a camera at its tip, allowing the physician to observe the walls of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon in real-time.

This procedure is used to diagnose and treat various gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers, inflammation, bleeding, polyps, tumors, and other abnormalities. During gastrointestinal endoscopy, the doctor can also take tissue samples (biopsies) for further laboratory analysis, which helps determine the exact nature of the condition.

Gastrointestinal endoscopy requires fasting or intestinal cleansing before the procedure to ensure better visualization of internal structures. This technique offers the advantage of avoiding more invasive surgical procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of many gastrointestinal conditions.



Both long colonoscopy and short colonoscopy, both offered at Lacroix Private Surgery, refer to two different approaches to perform this examination, an endoscopy procedure used to examine the inside of the colon (large intestine). The main differences between the two are as follows:

Long Colonoscopy: In a long colonoscopy, the endoscope is advanced throughout the entire colon, typically starting from the rectum and moving up to the cecum, the initial part of the colon. This allows for an examination of the entire colon and the detection of potential abnormalities along its entire length, including polyps, tumors, or inflammations. Long colonoscopy is usually considered the standard approach for a comprehensive examination of the colon.

Short Colonoscopy: Short colonoscopy, also known as sigmoidoscopy, primarily focuses on the lower part of the colon, known as the sigmoid colon and rectum. The endoscope is inserted only into this section of the colon, meaning the examination covers only a limited portion of the colon. Short colonoscopy is often used when the physician specifically wants to examine the lower part of the colon, and there is no apparent need to examine the entire colon.

In summary, the main difference between long colonoscopy and short colonoscopy lies in the scope of the examination. Long colonoscopy examines the entire colon, while short colonoscopy focuses on the lower part of the colon. The choice between the two approaches will depend on the patient’s symptoms, medical recommendations, and specific examination goals.


  • Both long and short colonoscopies are available.
  • Interventional or diagnostic endoscopy.
  • Patients without an external referral can see Dr. Plourde or any other gastroenterologist or general surgeon for a consultation to proceed with endoscopy.
  • External patients with a referral can have direct access to the gastrointestinal endoscopy service.

For a gastroenterology consultation : 1 855 841-1911