Dr Gautam Ramnath Open Access Endoscopy & Colonoscopy
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What is a Gastroenterologist ?

Gastroenterologists specialise in diseases of the digestive system.

Gained from years of advanced education and treatment of patients, Gastroenterologists have a thorough understanding of the chemical break down and absorbtion of food as it moves through the digestive tract. And importantly, how lifestyle habits affect the performance of the gastrointestinal tract and the resulting diseases and conditions that can occur.

Gastroenterologist physicians specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon) and the biliary system.

The qualifications of this specialty is recognised by Australian State and Federal Governments. Specialist gastroenterologist and hepatologist surgeons are included in both the Health Insurance Act and the National Health Act.

Gastroenterologists specialize in the diagnosis, management and treatment of the following conditions:

  • Acute bleeding
  • Anaemia
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Liver disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Inflammation in the digestive tract
  • Ulcers

Procedures


Endoscopy

Gastroscopy (endoscopy) is a way of examining the throat, esophagus, stomach and the first part of the small bowel. These tests use flexible small fibre-optic tubes with a light and camera to examine & intervene in the bowel. These devices are maintained in strict accordance with Australian requirements for cleaning and disinfection to the point of removing germs as routinely tested on all scopes.

These procedures are used to examine the surface lining, remove growths and obtain biopsies (small tissue samples).


Colonosocpy

Colonoscopy is a way of examining the large bowel, and in most cases, the last part of the small bowel. These tests use flexible fibre-optic tubes with a light and camera to examine & intervene in the bowel. These devices are maintained in strict accordance with Australian requirements for cleaning and disinfection to the point of removing germs as routinely tested on all scopes.

These procedures are used to examine the surface lining, remove growths and obtain biopsies (small tissue samples).

To reach this point, a decision has been made that the benefits outweigh the risks and alternative methods of evaluation (where feasible) will not provide the same information, benefit, or safety profile.


Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule endoscopy is used to examine parts of the gastrointestinal tract that cannot be seen with other types of endoscopy. Capsule endoscopy is useful when disease is suspected in the small intestine, and can sometimes diagnose sources of occult bleeding [blood visible microscopically only] or causes of abdominal irritation. Common reasons for doing Capsule Endoscopy include unexplained bleeding, unexplained iron deficiency, unexplained abdominal pain, search for polyps, ulcers and tumors of small intestine and inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease or peptic ulcers. Capsule endoscopy can be used to diagnose problems in the small intestine.


Hepatology

Hepatology is the branch of medicine that incorporates the study of the liver, gallbladder, biliary tree, and pancreas as well as management of their disorders.