Endoscopic procedures are performed under a light anaesthetic (sedation) 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 digital lens on the end of the scope.
Colonoscopy – examination of the large bowel (colon) using a colonoscope, a thin flexible instrument with a digital lens 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.
If polyps are detected at colonoscopy, they can be excised or removed during the procedure. Removing polyps has been shown to reduce the risk of bowel cancer in the long term. Other treatments such as argon photocoagulation can also be performed during colonoscopy.
Gastroscopy and colonoscopy may be performed at the same procedure. At gastroscopy, interventions such as oesophageal dilatation can be performed if deemed appropriate.
Endoscopy in Canberra