Gastrointestinal examination

If you arrange to have a visual examination carried out by our experienced gastroenterologist, you will quickly be seen. We do not have any waiting lists, so you can be quickly examined or treated.

What is a gastroenterologist?

The gastroenterologist specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive system. Accessory organs of the digestive system include the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, pancreas, liver, gall bladder and anal area.

A gastroenterologist’s work covers a wide range of conditions, such as diarrhoea and constipation, hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver, swallowing disorders and pancreatic cancer, obesity and anorexia, and chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, such as Crohn’s disease.

What does the gastroenterologist do?

The gastroenterologist carefully listens to your account of your symptoms and may decide to carry out a more extensive examination of them. If the doctor suspects abnormalities in your digestive organs, they may opt to carry out an endoscopy.

Endoscopies

In consultation with your doctor, you may decide to have an endoscopy carried out. An endoscopy is a visual examination of the internal organs. The doctor can examine your digestive organs using an endoscope (a flexible tube with a camera at one end) and assess any abnormalities. The endoscope is guided into your body via natural openings in the body, such as via the mouth for a gastroscopy. Click on the links below for more information on the following types of examination:

  • Gastroscopy (oesophagus/stomach/duodenum)
  • Sigmoidoscopy (rectum)
  • Colonoscopy (large intestine).

The great advantage of a scopy (visual examination) is that the examination can be carried out via the natural openings in the human body. This is advantageous in that it minimises recovery times as well as the amount of time spent at the clinic.

Home on same day

Many examinations can be carried out in an outpatient setting, but for some examinations it is necessary to administer a mild sedative to the patient. In such cases, you are given a bed in the day care department, where you sleep off the sedative after the examination.

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