is an important part of our medical services here at Central QLD Surgical Care. Being able to view the inside of a person's body using a tiny camera has revolutionised modern surgery.
Prior to endoscopy, to see what was ailing you, you would have been expected to wait for an available time in the operating room. This would have been followed by a series of invasive surgical procedures along with all that invasive surgery entails.
In the earlier days of endoscopy, the oesophagus, the stomach, and the colon were the usual suspects for medical investigation.
At Central QLD Surgical Care, endoscopy continues to get regular use in digestive and colorectal treatments and cancer screenings. But endoscopy nowadays, can be used to diagnose diseases of the ear, nose, throat, heart, urinary tract, joints, and abdomen.Gastroscopy
is endoscopy used to check the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. We use gastroscopy to make or confirm a diagnosis by investigating symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, heartburn, vomiting, abdominal pain, or bleeding from the digestive tract.
In addition, during gastroscopy, certain conditions can often be treated. Polyps can be removed. Varices (enlarged veins) in the oesophagus can be treated to prevent bleeding. A narrow oesophagus can be widened. Foreign objects (accidentally swallowed, by children, for example) can be removed.
uses the same technology to investigate symptoms, such as blood, pus or mucus in the stools, bleeding from the rectum, unexplained abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits (e.g. long-lasting diarrhoea).
A colonoscopy is also used to check for cancer of the colon (bowel cancer) or colon polyps (growths on the lining of the colon that sometimes become cancerous).
Minimally-invasive, endoscopy means routine exams are not difficult where either age or other risk factors have left the patient at risk of being diagnosed with digestive cancers.
These procedures are intended to catch the disease early, while it’s easier to treat and before it progresses to later stage illness.