Gastroscopy & Colonoscopy

GASTROSCOPY

A gastroscopy or upper endoscopy is a procedure used to visually examine your upper gastro-intestinal or digestive tract (primarily the oesophagus, stomach and beginning of the small intestine or duodenum) using a long, flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end of it called an endoscope.  This allows your doctor to evaluate, diagnose and sometimes treat conditions that you may such as acid reflux, stomach ulcers or helicobacter pylori infection. A gastroscopy allows your doctor to take tissue samples for analysis, stop bleeding from an ulcer or even treat polyps and very early stage cancers. The procedure will usually be done in the endoscopy suite or operating theater in a hospital and will require you to take some time out of your busy schedule. Gastroscopy is a relatively safe procedure, however rare complications do occur and you will need to discuss these with your doctor. Your doctor will also give you specific instructions on how to prepare for you procedure and what to expect after. The results of your procedure may be made known to you immediately after the procedure, however the results of biopsies may take up to a week or more. To find out more speak to one of our specialists.

Find out how to prepare for your Gastroscopy.

COLONOSCOPY

A colonoscopy is a procedure used to visually examine your colon or large intestine and the last section of the small intestine known as the terminal ileum. This is performed using a long, flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end of it called an endoscope. This allows your doctor to evaluate, diagnose and sometimes treat conditions that you may have. Colonoscopy is indicated for colon cancer screening, diagnose and treatment of colon polyps, to help diagnose inflammatory bowel diseases such as  Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis and for the treatment of haemorrhoids. The procedure will usually be done in the endoscopy suite or operating theater in a hospital and will require you to take some time out of your busy schedule. Colonoscopy is a relatively safe procedure, however rare complications do occur and you will need to discuss these with your doctor. Your doctor will also give you specific instructions on how to prepare for you procedure and what to expect after. For a colonoscopy, bowel preparation is required the evening before or on the day itself. The results of your procedure may be made known to you immediately after the procedure, however the results of biopsies may take up to a week or more. To find out more speak to one of our specialists.

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