"Committed to quality Endoscopy"
The mission of Melbourne Endoscopy Group, incorporating each Day Procedure Centre, is to facilitate quality endoscopy to our patients by providing measured outcomes and care that is constantly evaluated for continuous improvement.
We aim to provide and promote the highest standards of care for patients undergoing gastroenterological procedures.
Melbourne Endoscopy Group comprises of five Endoscopy centres located around Melbourne.
Diagnostic endoscopy for day patients - Colonoscopy, Gastroscopy, Capsule Endoscopy and Flexible Sigmoidoscopy.
Commitment to best practice
We are an accredited hospital which means our service standards and practices are regularly audited by an external assessor.
What is a Gastroscopy?
A Gastroscopy is a procedure that examines the inside of your oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. This is done using a long, thin, flexible tube (endoscope) which you swallow while sedated.
Small samples of the gastrointestinal lining may be taken and sent to pathology for analysis. You will be given medication via injection which will make you unaware of the procedure.
Prior to the test do not eat or drink for 6 hours before your test.
Please take your usual medications with the following exceptions:
Do not take oral diabetes medication on the day of the procedure. If you are on Insulin you need to discuss your regime with the doctor responsible for your diabetes management.
What is Capsule Endoscopy?
A video capsule enables the endoscopist to examine the whole of your digestive tract including your small bowel. A small capsule is ingested. This has its own miniature lights and camera. For eight hours the capsule sends images to a data recorder worn around your waist. Afterwards the images are viewed on a video monitor.
Why Capsule Endoscopy?
Capsule endoscopy allows your gastroenterologist to view you small bowel helping to determine the cause of your persistent anaemia.
Indications for colonoscopy:
- Rectal bleeding
Indications for repeat colonoscopy:
- Iron deficiency anaemia
- Abdominal pain and alteration in bowel habit
- The presence of colorectal cancer risk factors
- Clarification of barium enema findings
- Positive Faecal occult test
- Patients with previous bowel polyps or cancer
- Surveillance of inflammatory bowel disease
- Patients with a family history of bowel cancer or polyps in first degree relatives
Diverticular disease is a common condition with only a small percentage of those with the disease have symptoms, and even fewer will ever require surgery.
Diverticula are pockets that develop in the colon wall, may involve the entire colon but usually in the sigmoid or the descending colon.
Diverticulosis describes the presence of these pockets. Diverticulitis describes inflammation or complications of these pockets.
The major symptoms of diverticular disease are abdominal pain (usually in the lower left abdomen), diarrhoea, cramps, alteration of bowel habit and occasionally, severe rectal bleeding.