Endoscopic procedures are performed under a light anaesthetic so there is minimal discomfort to the patient.
Gastroscopy is a procedure where the doctor inserts a thin flexible instrument called a gastroscope through the mouth allowing direct inspection of the oesophagus (gullet), stomach and duodenum (upper small bowel) by way of a tiny fibre optic camera on the end of the scope.
Colonoscopy – examination of the large bowel (colon) using a colonoscope, a thin flexible instrument with a fibre-optic camera on the end. The lining of the large bowel and the ileum (the part of the small bowel which attaches to the large bowel) can be examined, and biopsies can be taken if needed.
Gastroscopy and colonoscopy are often performed sequentially during the same anaesthetic (using separate instruments). At gastroscopy, interventions such as oesophageal dilatation can be performed if deemed appropriate.
If colonic polyps are detected, they can be excised / removed during the procedure, generally using snare polypectomy. Other treatments such as argon photocoagulation can also be performed during colonoscopy.
Endoscopy in Canberra