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Gut issues?

Gastroenterologist

As a gastroenterologist, I am an Australian certified specialist doctor trained in the management of diseases of the digestive system. This includes the entire gut from the mouth to the anus, and associated organs such as the pancreas, bile duct, and liver.
  • 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
Dr Vanoo Jayasekaran | Gastroenterologist Perth

How can a gastroenterologist help you?

Digestive ailments can cause a variety of symptoms. You might be suffering from heartburn, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, constipation, blood in stools, or bloating. Alternatively you may be having problems with gallstones, in need of bowel cancer screening or in need of confirming haemorrhoids (piles). A consultation at my clinic will help to clarify your problem, as well as refine the type of medical investigations required to make a diagnosis and manage your condition.
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Some symptoms may directly point towards disorders of a particular anatomy (e.g. oesophagus, stomach, small bowel or colon). In such situations, your family doctor may request that I arrange for you to undergo an endoscopy, colonoscopy or video capsule endoscopy. These investigations can help to rule out a range of conditions, bringing us closer to a diagnosis. Endoscopic investigations that require sedative anaesthesia take place at the Endoscopy Unit at St John of God Hospital in Murdoch.

Gastroenterologist Perth

My role is to provide a specialist opinion for ailments that your general practitioner or another specialist are concerned about.
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In some circumstances, however, initial investigations may fail to identify the cause of your problem. In these cases, the skills of a gastroenterology specialist are vital for further investigation and symptom management. This assessment occurs during your medical consultation in my Beaconsfield office. My broad training in general internal medicine ensures that you will receive a comprehensive evaluation of your problems.

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

Knowledge is power. It is important that you are provided the knowledge to help you understand your symptoms. These gut symptoms can either be obvious to you (e.g. rectal bleeding), or are often non-specific (e.g. nausea or abdominal bloating). I believe that when you understand your symptoms better, this will facilitate improved recognition and better outcomes. It will also lead to an improved ability to self-manage your condition.
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In the current era of ‘Dr. Google’, health information is widespread but often confusing and, at worst, misleading. It is my job to provide you a clear explanation of your symptoms where possible.

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Making sense of your problems will require bringing together multiple sources of information - akin to completing a jigsaw puzzle.
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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.

Ultimately, I endeavor to provide you with a diagnosis. This is critical. Medical management of any condition is dependent on an accurate diagnosis. It defines a problem with precision so that you can have answers and really get to the bottom of what’s happening.

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:

  1. A positive result from the National Bowel Cancer stool test
  2. Microscopic blood in stool
  3. Family history of bowel cancer.

About Gutworks

Gutworks has the ethos of providing a prompt and friendly service for your gastro-intestinal problems.
If you are looking for a Perth Gastroenterologist who is caring and pays attention to detail, you have come to the right place. I will help you find an explanation for your gut symptoms. I carry out a variety of endoscopic procedures to help diagnose and treat gut conditions.

Our core procedures include:

Part of my mantra is to provide you with an unrushed experience during your clinic consultation and excellent follow up after your investigations.
Tests and procedures are just one aspect of modern medicine. What is important is that you have an opportunity to discuss your gut problems with ease with your specialist. Your gastroenterologist should utilize evidence-based medicine (EBM) to ensure you receive the best possible outcome for your gut condition.

Contact Gutworks

To discuss your gut problems, please contact our clinic.
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Endoscopy St John of God Hospital Murdoch

An endoscopy of the stomach is also called a gastroscopy. Common reasons for this procedure include any symptoms indicative of disorders of the oesophagus, stomach or duodenum. Helicobacter pylori infection is often found on the biopsy samples obtained during your gastroscopy. Treatment is usually indicated.
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Colonoscopy St John of God Hospital Murdoch

One of the most common reasons one has a colonoscopy is to investigate fresh bleeding from the anus. It is an important diagnostic tool to rule out bowel cancer.
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111 South St, Beaconsfield WA 6162

Operating address

St John of God Murdoch Hospital
100 Murdoch Dr., Murdoch WA 6150