The digestive, or gastrointestinal, system runs from mouth to anus. In an adult, it is approximately 9 metres long and involves many different organs attached to the intestine, such as liver, bile duct and pancreas. Because of this diversity, most of us will experience difficulties with, or diseases involving, our gut health at some point.
The specialist doctors at Prince of Wales Private Hospital have extensive experience dealing with problems of the gastrointestinal system. These include diseases and disorders of the oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, bile duct, liver, small and large intestines, and anus.
Gastroenterologists and Colorectal Surgeons perform short procedures at our Hospital to look for disease and growths inside the body. Often, our doctors will use an endoscope (a long, flexible tube with a camera and a light mounted onto the end) and patients are comfortably under sedation. They are performed in our Day Surgery, and include:
- Capsule endoscopy – Requires a patient to swallow a small, disposable camera that records its progress through the intestine using a Bluetooth system. It is eventually eliminated from the body.
- Colonoscopy – An endoscope inserted into the anus to view the inside of the rectum and all of the large intestine. Such procedures may include Day Surgery management of ano-rectal conditions such as haemorrhoids, fissures and fistulas as necessary.
- Enteroscopy – As with an upper endoscopy, but can extend further to visualise more of the small intestine.
- ERCP – An endoscope inserted as for gastroscopy, but which looks into the bile and pancreatic ducts.
- Gastroscopy (upper endoscopy) – An endoscope inserted into the mouth to view the inside of the throat, stomach and beginning of the small intestine (duodenum).
The Hospital uses the latest grade of endoscopic equipment as manufactured by Fujinon, which provide an incredibly close observation view.
To find a Gastroenterologist or Colorectal Surgeon accredited to carry out these procedures at our Hospital, please refer to the Prince of Wales Private Hospital Specialist Directory.
If you would like to know more about our Gastroenterology services, please contact:
A/Prof Graham Newstead AM
Chairman, Colorectal Surgical Services, Gastroenterology and Endoscopy
02 9099 4400