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Digestive Services

Specialist services can assist with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease, colitis), liver diseases including hepatitis B and C, dyspepisa, reflux disease, Celiac disease, bowel cancer screening and bowel polyps, gastroscopy, colonoscopy and colorectal cancer screening.

Colonoscopy

The colon (or large bowel/large intestine) starts at the end of the small intestine and ends at the rectum and anus. In a colonoscopy a long flexible tube (a colonoscope) is threaded up through the rectum and transmits an image to a viewing screen. The lining of the colon and rectum can be inspected for such things as inflamed tissue, abnormal growths, and ulcers. Colonoscopy is most often used to look for early signs of cancer in the colon and rectum, and for causes of unexplained changes in bowel habits.

ERCP

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a procedure carried out to diagnose and treat problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and pancreas. These include gallstones, scars tissue, leaks from injury and surgery, and cancer.

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

Gastrointestinal endoscopy is a procedure that enables viewing of the lining of the gastrointestinal (digestive) tract.The endoscope is commonly inserted through the mouth and down the oesophagus. The procedure facilitates diagnosis of gastrointestinal (GI) disease as well as treatment.

Gastroscopy

Gastroscopy is an examination of the inside of the oesophagus (throat), stomach and duodenum (the first section of small intestine). It is performed by using a thin, flexible fibre-optic instrument (gastroscope) that is passed through the mouth to check for any damage to the lining of the oesophagus or stomach, and for any ulcers in the stomach or duodenum.

Hepatology

A hepatologist specialises in disorders involving the liver. Hepatology is often considered a branch of gastroenterology. Hepatology is a large field and may cover conditions such as hepatitis, viral hepatitis (Hepatitis B & C), and liver diseases.

Endoscopy

An Endoscopist performs an Endoscopy. This involves examining the inside of the body with an endoscope, a lighted, flexible instrument that has a small camera on the tip.

Gastroenterology

A Gastroenterologist specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the digestive system (Gastroenterology). These may affect the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine (colon), rectum, liver, gallbladder and pancreas.