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Suite 12, Mater Medical Centre,
Jessie St, Rockhampton

General Surgery
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.