Gastroenterology / Endoscopy

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon). He or she uses a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope to look at the colon. A colonoscopy is usually performed to investigate any recent changes in bowel habits, bleeding from the rectum (back passage), abdominal pain or prolonged diarrhoea, and to screen for early signs of bowel cancer. It is done to make or confirm a diagnosis. 

You will usually be given a preparation kit with full instructions. This usually means having a special diet for a couple of days, and nothing but clear fluids for 24 hours before the test and taking a bowel preparation (laxative medication that causes diarrhoea and empties the colon), depending on your medical condition, the doctor will recommend the right one for you. 

Gastroscopy 

Gastroscopy (or endoscopy) is an examination of the oesophagus (gullet or food pipe), stomach and duodenum (upper part of the small bowel) using a flexible telescope called a gastroscope. A gastroscopy is usually done to investigate the cause of abdominal pain, vomiting or bleeding from the digestive tract, and to make or confirm a diagnosis. Conditions can also sometimes also be treated via gastroscopy — for example, polyps can be removed.

Patient information

Please see below information sheets from the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA)

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PDF Bowel preparation information sheet.pdf Download
PDF Colonoscopy information sheet.pdf Download
PDF Gastroscopy information sheet.pdf Download
PDF Flexible Sigmoidoscopy information sheeet.pdf Download
PDF Bowel Polyps information sheet.pdf Download
PDF The Digestive System information sheet.pdf Download
PDF Irritable Bowel Syndrome information sheet.pdf Download
PDF Coeliac Disease inofmation sheet.pdf Download
PDF Constipation information sheet.pdf Download