Gastrointestinal endoscopy involves looking inside the gastrointestinal tract using flexible instruments that carry light through a fibreoptic bundle and return the image digitally. We can also obtain small samples of tissue (biopsies), remove polyps (polypectomy) and do other minor surgery.
Gastroscopy is an examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the duodenum. Colonoscopy is an examination of the lower gastrointestinal tract from the rectum to the caecum. Capsule endoscopy allows examination of the small intestine.
Colonoscopy requires a preparation to clean the colon before the endoscopy procedure. All endoscopy procedures require that you must be fasting (ie. no food or drink) for a period of time before. You will be given advice about the time for fasting. Please follow the instructions carefully.
Endoscopy is performed in a hospital setting, usually as a day case. Sometimes it is necessary to admit patients the day before for the preperation, if there are other health problems. You may choose to have your endoscopy at either a private hospital or public hospital. There is a longer waiting list in public hospitals and you do not have choice of doctor. Sedation is required for endoscopy procedures and in private hospitals it is given by a doctor.