- An endoscopy is used to investigate symptoms of the oesophagus, stomach or duodenum.
- Your gastroenterologist at Gutworks Perth assists your GP or specialist in making an accurate diagnosis
- An endoscopy procedure is undertaken under deep sedation for maximum comfort
What is an endoscopy?
It is usually a day case procedure at St John of God Murdoch Hospital. In some situations, it will be helpful to see Dr. Jayasekeran in the office at Gutworks before your endoscopy. This depends on your referral details and your personal circumstances.
We are a gastroenterology clinic with specialist expertise in gut and stomach health. Our role is to diagnose problems in the stomach or the intestines with procedures such as endoscopies.
Reasons for undertaking an endoscopy
Your GP or your specialist may suggest that you undergo an endoscopy. They are trained to recognise symptoms that may warrant an examination of your upper digestive system.
Common reasons for a gastroscopy or endoscopy include any symptoms indicative of disorders of the oesophagus, stomach or duodenum. The symptoms include (but not exclusively) the following:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Abdominal pain
- Unexplained weight loss
- Iron deficiency with or without anaemia
- To exclude peptic ulcer
- To exclude Helicobacter pylori infection
- Bloating and excessive burping
How to prepare for an endoscopy?
Perth patients who have attended our practise refer to Dr. Jayasekeran's unrushed consultation style. That’s because he believes in the importance of clear communication. When you prepare for an endoscopy or gastroscopy procedure, your specialist will also give you diet and fasting instructions.
A 6 hour fast is a minimum requirement. Gutworks will inform you if you need to withhold any medications (especially any potent blood thinners).
We know that receiving medical information can be overwhelming at times. That’s why we always make sure you receive written information, including the details for your appointment and the instructions.
What to expect on the day?
On the day of your endoscopy procedure you will first meet Dr. Jayasekeran and your anaesthetist at the hospital. The team will then take you to the procedure room.
You can count on expert care from the anaesthetist, who will make sure you are comfortable and asleep during the procedure. The deep sedation is administered through an IV placed in a vein. The procedure will last about 20 minutes.
Throughout the procedure, your pulse, blood pressure and bodily oxygen will be monitored. Endoscopy is a safe and routine procedure. Dr. Jayasekeran has performed thousands of these procedures therefore patients in Perth are in good hands.
Recovery from the anaesthesia takes between 30-60mins. In the recovery bay, your nurse will advice when it is safe to eat and drink. Usually this is within an hour after your procedure.
Please speak to our team if you have any questions or concerns about your planned endoscopy procedure. We will be able to help you with more details about gastroscopy costs or endoscopy waiting times.
If you need to make arrangements based on your referral, please get in touch. Contact Gutworks Perth today and we will be happy to assist you.
What to expect following your procedure?
The main purpose of an endoscopy is to get more information. Dr. Jayasekeran will make time to talk to you, so you can learn more about the findings. If biopsy specimens are taken, then more follow-up is required once the results are in.
The exact follow-up arrangements depend on your personal circumstances. Sometimes you will follow up with your referring GP. In other situations, it will be recommended to book a new appointment at Gutworks. When all results are available, Dr. Jayasekeran will explain your treatment options.
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When to see a gastroenterologist
Colonoscopy St John of God Hospital Murdoch
Phone: 08 9335 3411
Fax: 08 9335 6155
Mon-Thu: 08:00 - 17:00
Fri: 08:00 - 16:00
Consulting rooms address111 South St, Beaconsfield WA 6162
St John of God Murdoch Hospital
100 Murdoch Dr., Murdoch WA 6150