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Capsule Endoscopy | Gastroscopy | Colonoscopy | Endoscopic Ultrasound

 

 

Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule Endoscopy is a non-invasive method of examining the small bowel, evaluating areas that cannot be reached on standard Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy. On attendance at my office, you will be given a small capsule to swallow. The capsule contains a tiny camera that takes pictures of your small bowel as it moves through. A sensor belt will be strapped around your waist on the outside of your clothing. You will also wear the data recorder in a sling pouch. The capsule transmits the pictures wirelessly to this Data Recorder, you will return to my office to have this data recorder removed. You DO NOT have to recover the capsule.

You MUST give your consent to this procedure by printing and signing the document found HERE, and bring it with you on the day.

For instructions regarding the bowel preparation CLICK HERE.

Detailed information regarding the procedure can be found HERE.

 


 

Gastroscopy

Gastroscopy is a procedure used to examine the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first segment of small bowel). The procedure will be conducted while a specialist anaesthetist comfortably sedates you. The gastroscope contains a camera and a light source, it approximates the thickness of your index/pointer finger. This procedure may involve taking small samples from the lining of your upper gut (biopsies), which will then be sent off for examination. You will not feel the biopsies.

After the procedure, you will likely feel tired for the remainder of the day. Do not plan to return to work or participate in any official/formal roles. Do not drive for 12-hours after your procedure. Someone will need to collect & preferably stay with you overnight. You should be fit to return to work the following day.

Prior to this procedure, there are two things you MUST do.

Give consent by printing and signing the document found HERE.

Complete and submit the preadmission forms for the facility you will be attending:

Detailed information can be found HERE.

 


 

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a procedure used to examine the colon (large bowel). The procedure will be conducted whilst a specialist anaesthetist comfortably sedates you. The colonoscope approximates the size of your little finger and contains a light source and camera. Small samples may be taken from the lining of your bowel during this procedure. Polyps can be removed from your bowel and sent to pathology for assessment.

After the procedure, you will likely feel tired for the remainder of the day. Do not plan to return to work or participate in any official/formal roles. Do not drive for 12-hours after your procedure. Someone will need to collect & preferably stay with you overnight. You should be fit to return to work the following day.

Prior to this procedure, there are two things you MUST do.

  1. Give consent by printing and signing the document found HERE.
  2. Complete and submit the preadmission forms for the facility you will be attending:

 

Detailed information can be found HERE.

For instructions regarding the bowel preparation using PICOPREP (lemon flavoured) CLICK HERE or guidelines for using PLENVU (mango/fruit punch flavoured) CLICK HERE.

Bowel Preparation Explanation

 


 

Endoscopic Ultrasound

EUS is a specialist procedure which aims to examine the lining of your upper gut, in addition to the surrounding areas and organs (through the gut wall using ultrasound). This is done by using a flexible endoscope that has a small ultrasound probe built into the tip. It is the least invasive way to sample/biopsy these abnormal areas.

During the investigation, Dr Allen may need to take small samples (biopsies) from your gut or surrounding tissues (pancreas, bile duct, liver or lymph nodes in the abdomen or central chest), which will be sent for pathological assessment.

After the procedure, you will likely feel tired for the remainder of the day. Do not plan to return to work or participate in any official/formal roles. Do not drive for 12-hours after your procedure. Someone will need to collect & preferably stay with you overnight. You should be fit to return to work the following day.

 

Prior to this procedure, there are two things you MUST do.

  1. Give consent by printing and signing the document found HERE.
  2. Complete and submit the preadmission forms for the facility you will be attending:

Detailed information can be found HERE.

 
 

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