Pennant Hills Gastroenterology - Services provided by our Gastroenterologists
The Centre's Gastroenterologists offer consulting services in our private consulting rooms.
Our nine proceduralists possess a broad base of clinical expertise in general gastroenterology as well as in their varied specialty areas of interest; ERCP, Hepatology (liver diseases ), Drug and Alcohol, Capsule Endoscopy, EUS. The doctors attend a wide variety of public and private local hospitals as well as Pennant Hills Day Surgery.
Colonoscopy is a procedure used to examine or inspect the bowel and allows for a variety of operations to be carried out through a videoscope. The procedure may include taking small tissue samples (biopsy) or removal of polyps. An alternative method of examining the large bowel is a barium enema. Colonoscopy has several advantages over barium enema.
Firstly colonoscopy allows the visualisation of the lining of the colon looking for pathology such as inflammation, abnormal blood vessels and flat polyps.
Finally there is no discomfort during a colonoscopy as opposed to some discomfort that can be experienced during a Barium Enema.
Endoscopy involves the use of a flexible tube to examine the upper intestinal tract including the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. The procedure is commonly undertaken if your doctor suspects that you have a problem of the oesophagus, stomach or duodenum eg an ulcer, cancer, inflammation or other abnormality.
Assessment for Coeliac disease which includes a small bowel biopsy can also be undertaken.
We offer OPEN ACCESS procedures:
Open Access is designed specifically for patients who require colonoscopy or endoscopy for reasons such as:
Asymptomatic individuals with positive faecal occult blood tests results eg, National Bowel Cancer Screening, Rotary Screening etc
Asymptomatic individuals with a family history of bowel cancer.
Patients with stable oesophageal reflux who require screening for Barretts Oesophagus.
Patients who are otherwise fit and well, under the age of 70, and weigh less than 120 kg
There is a very strict criteria for Open Access admissions, and an phone triage interview is required, as you will not have a pre-procedure consultation with a gastroenterologist.
Patients who are frail, symptomatic or unwell generally do not meet this criteria and would usually need to be fully assessed at consultation prior to undertaking any procedure.
This very specialised service is offered by Dr Robert Feller to patients who are referred within the Centre following both colonoscopy and endoscopy. This state of the art technology allows views of the whole small intestine over a period of eight hours through a series of images transmitted to a data recorder.
If you have gastro-intestinal problem and wish to be advised on the most appropriate treatment- Call on (61) 02 9875 2311 to make an appointment.