Gastroscopy (also known as endoscopy or sometimes panendoscopy) is where a flexible telescope is passed through the mouth into the stomach and to the start of the small bowel (duodenum). Direct visualisation of these organs can be achieved and biopsies can be undertaken to be looked at under the microscope. It is a relatively brief procedure and performed under sedation as a day case. There are a number of reasons to undertake it, which include reflux, hiatus hernia, bleeding into the bowel, iron deficiency, undiagnosed abdominal pain or suspected coeliac disease.
Treatment can also be given, including removal of polyps or growths, dilation of narrowed areas or control of bleeding spots. Sometimes a stent is placed in patient who struggle to eat due to a growth causing a blockage.
Dr. Le Page has undertaken around 1000 gastroscopies and is accredited by GESA (Gastroenterology Association of Australia) to perform it. He audits the outcomes of his patients to ensure the highest standard of care. 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.