At Frankston Private Hospital we have 2 fully facilitated endoscopy suites providing services including: gastroscopy, colonoscopy, flexible-Sigmoidoscopy. Our friendly bookings staff can arrange a booking with one of our Endoscopists by calling 8796 1456. We have Endoscopists providing a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services.
Colonoscopy is used for:
- A Screen test - Picking up problems in patients with no symptoms, such as polyps.
- To investigate bowel problems including bleeding, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and constipation.
- To follow-up previous polyps or bowel disease.
Colonoscopies are a day procedure and requires bowel preparation beforehand. It is performed under light sedation and takes less than an hour with some time added for recovery.
A gastroscopy is a procedure used to examine your upper digestive system with a tiny camera on the end of a long, flexible tube (gastroscope).
A gastroscopy is used to diagnose and sometimes treat conditions that affect the upper part of your digestive system – oesophagus, stomach and first part of small bowel (duodenum).
Gastroscopy can look for causes of symptoms, such as nausea, diarrhoea, bloating, heartburn, abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing and gastrointestinal bleeding.
Biopsies (samples of tissue) can be taken to test for diseases and conditions such as anemia, coeliac disease, inflammation, diarrhoea or cancers of the digestive system.
Like a Colonoscopy the procedure is a day case. And performed under light sedation.
The gastroscopy typically takes less than half an hour.
A Flexible Sigmoidoscopy is a procedure to look at the inside of the left side or lower part of the colon (large bowel) and rectum.
The difference between a Colonoscopy and a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy is it investigates less of the large bowel than a colonoscopy, which explores the entire large bowel. Your doctor will discuss which test is best for you.
Unlike a Colonoscopy you will not be required to drink a bowel preparing liquid, you will instead be given a Fleet enema upon admission in order to clear the lower part of the colon so the doctor may have a clear view of the area.