Suite 12, Mater Medical Centre,
Jessie St, Rockhampton
Coloproctology, Hernia, Cholecystectomy, Appendicectomy, Pilonidal sinus
Gastroscopy, Colonoscopy – including polypectomy and haemorrhoid banding
Skin Cancer, Cysts, Lumps, Lesions and Lipoma
including; BCC, SCC, & Melanoma
Gastroscopy general information
Gastroscopy (sometimes called endoscopy) is a video endoscopic examination of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. It may be indicated to diagnose upper gastro-intestinal symptoms or follow up a disease, e.g. Barrett’s oesophagus. Usually gastroscopy is performed under deep sedation administered by an anaesthetist. The procedure may take 15 minutes, but you are in hospital for several hours. It requires an empty stomach beforehand so one needs to cease eating 6 hours prior to the procedure. It will be 24 hours before you may resume responsible activities. There are some risks which will be outlined to you, but overall it is a relatively safe and common procedure.
Biopsies may be taken to diagnose conditions such as Coeliac disease, lactose intolerance and infection with H pylori.