Endoscopy allows a surgeon to examine the inside of the gastrointestinal tract with a long flexible telescope. It is a useful diagnostic as well as therapeutic procedure. Endoscopy is usually performed under sedation, as a day procedure.
Gastroscopy - Examines the upper gastrointestinal tract including the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. It is especially useful in assessing patients with previous stomach surgery or those being worked up for weight loss and anti-reflux surgery.
Colonoscopy - Examines the lower gastrointestinal tract ( the large bowel and rectum). It is used as a diagnostic and screening procedure especially for bowel cancer, polyps, aneamia and investigation of rectal bleeding.
Capsule Endoscopy - Examines the parts of the gastrointestinal tract that are inaccessible with gastroscopy and colonoscopy. It involves swallowing a "Capsule video camera" to examine the small intestine. Rarely this investigation is required and referral can be organised.
Oesophageal pH and Manometry - Examines acid exposure and overall function of the oesophagus. These studies are important to conduct in some instances prior to upper gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery. Bariatrics Melbourne can arrange access to this investigation.