At the Melbourne Gut & Liver Specialists we offer the following services.
All our doctors are all qualified physicians in the area of gastroenterology, heptaology, and endoscopy. A consultation is the best way to offer a comprehensive assessment of your symptoms and find the best treatment for you. Initial consultation takes between 30 to 45 minutes, depending on complexity. Follow up appointments are usually 15- 30 minutes in length.
Consultation can be sought for any number of conditions, including but not limited to, iron deficiency, reflux disease, abdominal pain, celiac disease, liver problems including fatty liver (NAFLD), eosinophilic oesophagitis, irritable bowel syndrome, nutrition, bowel and stomach cancer screening as well as inflammatory bowel disease.
A gastroscopy is a procedure done to examine your oesophagus, stomach and first part of the small bowel by passing a thing long tube with a small video on the tip through the mouth. This is done under deep sedation so you can be kept very comfortable.
During the gastroscopy small samples can be taken and your doctor can also treat conditions, such as stretching a narrowing (dilatation), stopping bleeding and removing polyps.
A colonoscopy involves a long thin flexible tube being inserted through the large bowel into the end of the small bowel. The aim is to assess the lining of the bowel and to look for any abnormalities such as inflammation, ulcers and polyps (abnormal growths). This is done under deep sedation so that you are kept very comfortable.
During a colonoscopy, samples may be taken and therapeutic procedures can be done such as removal of abnormal growths.
OPEN ACCESS ENDOSCOPY
In some patients, your GP may determine it is appropriate for you to proceed directly to a gastroscopy or colonoscopy without the need for a consultation first.
This is usually done when the indication is straight forward, such as NBCSP surveillance, polyp surveillance, rectal bleeding and so on.
In this case, you can contact us to arrange a time to have your procedures done. You will meet and discuss your medical problem with the Gastroenterologist on the day of procedure.