What is Endoscopy?
Endoscopy is a procedure to look into your gastrointestinal (GI) tract with the use of a camera attached on the tip of a flexible thin fibre-optic tube. Small samples of your gut tissue can be obtained for testing when indicated. Pre-cancerous growths (polyps) can also be removed during these procedures. There are two types of endoscopy:
A thin fibre-optic tube is inserted through the mouth to view your oesophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine.
A thin fibre-optic tube is inserted through your back passage (anus) to view your entire large intestine and the last part of small intestine (terminal ileum).
What preparation will I need for the procedure?
1. Bowel prep
Bowel preparation is required for patients undergoing colonoscopyin order for the doctor to get a clear view of your large bowel. You will be given instructions on a low residue diet for the 3 days before the procedure and on taking a laxative preparation such as Moviprep on the day prior to the procedure.
No food or drink is allowed 6 hours before endoscopy
You may have to adjust the timing of some of your regular medications before the procedure. Please discuss with our staff
4. Administrative preparation
Our staff will assist you with the entire administrative process from scheduling to admission. You will need to complete a hospital admission form and return this to the hospital before your procedure. You will also be asked to sign the consent form on the day of the endoscopy after your doctor has explained the procedure and answered your questions.
ON THE PROCEDURE DAY IN THE HOSPITAL
What will happen beforethe procedure?
What will happen during the procedure?
What will happen after the procedure?
What are the potential risks and complications?
Endoscopy is safe however all procedures carry some risks. You should discuss with your GP or specialist about the risks. Should you feel uncomfortable or require further discussion, a consultation with our specialists is recommended prior to the procedure. The risks include:
Follow up appointment and pathology results
The admin staff will contact you to arrange a follow up appointment with your specialist for:
Who should I contact after?
If you have any concerns after the procedure, please contact the Centre on (02) 8084 3831.
Digestive Pelvic Floor Centre