A number of diseases can affect the small bowel, many of which do not need surgery. Some that may require an endoscopy (gastroscopy or colonoscopy) include diagnosing coeliac disease or inflammatory bowel disease. Conditions that may require surgery include adhesions (scar tissue from previous surgery) that can cause bowel obstruction, or a growth on the small bowel which needs to be removed to diagnose and treat it. An endoscopy is a day procedure under sedation where a flexible telescope is inserted down your mouth, through your stomach into your bowel. A colonoscopy is inserted through the rectum to inspect the lower bowel.
If surgery is required for disease of the small bowel, this can can usually be achieved by laparoscopy (keyhole) to free adhesions and unblock the bowel, take biopsies in or around the bowel (diagnostic laparoscopy) or to remove problems on the bowel and rejoin the bowel.
Dr. Le Page has performed thousands of abdominal operations and audits his patients outcomes. He is accredited by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) to perform endoscopy (gastroscopy) and colonoscopy. If you feel a specialist review may be indicated for you, please discuss with your GP and call (02) 9767 7908 to arrange an appointment with Dr. Le Page. Your individual circumstance will be clarified by Dr. Le Page during your review.