- When you understand your symptoms better, this will facilitate better outcomes
- Our role is to undertake investigations of the gut to make an accurate diagnosis
- We can recommend dietary changes to manage your gut’s problems
How can a gastroenterologist help you?
Finally, I will also contribute to you care, even when you feel fit and healthy. For example, I carry out scheduled colonoscopy for the early detection of precancerous colon polyps. This is especially important if you have a previous history of colonic polyps, or a family history of colon cancer.
What does a gastroenterologist do?
- Evaluate gut related symptoms
- Undertake a variety of endoscopic investigations of the gut
- Make an accurate diagnosis
- Manage gut, liver, biliary and pancreas associated problems
- Isolate the source of bleeding from the gut
- Help manage pain arising from the gut
- Apply dietary manipulation to manage gut disorders
Gut health: Understanding your symptoms
First I get to know your medical history and sequence of events. Investigations are tailored to exclude certain conditions. Endoscopic investigations to directly study the inside of your gut will often be used. In some cases, radiological tests such as CT scans, ultrasound and key blood tests will be ordered to further dissect your symptoms.
I believe that your journey in getting your diagnosis, and adding to your knowledge of your own health, will define your patient experience.
Let me help you unravel your symptoms.
When to see a gastroenterologist?
You may be wondering if you need a referral to see a gastroenterologist. Yes, your first step is to most commonly an appointment with your regular GP. Your General Practitioner will often decide based on your symptoms to refer on to a Gastroenterologist. In my role, I facilitate making a firm diagnosis. Then I carry out a targeted evaluation of the digestive system (through endoscopy and colonoscopy and other investigations).
Some of the conditions that require the expertise of a gastroenterologist are:
The following situations will warrant a colonoscopy to screen for bowel cancer:
- A positive result from the National Bowel Cancer stool test
- Microscopic blood in stool
- Family history of bowel cancer.
Our core procedures include:
Endoscopy St John of God Hospital Murdoch
Colonoscopy St John of God Hospital Murdoch
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