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No Gap Endoscopy Packages

Do You Have Private Health Insurance - But Don't Want To Pay Extra For Surgery? Healthwoods Endoscopy Centre, Now Offers No Gap Endoscopy To Eligible Patients

Endoscopy Package Includes:

  • Pre-admission consultation and testing 
  • Hospital charges from admission to discharge home 
  • Surgeon’s surgical fee 
  • Assistant’s fee
  • Anaesthetist’s fee
  • Medications prescribed during your stay, relating to your admission 
  • Follow up review with surgeon 
What questions should I ask my specialist?
  • What are some possible complications, and how likely are they?
  • How long should I expect my recovery to be?
  • When could I expect to return to normal daily activities such as driving, gym or exercise? 
  • What can I expect after a colonoscopy or gastroscopy?
  • How long does it take for the results to come back after my test? 
  • if a polyp or hernia is found at the time of investigation can it be fixed at the same time? 

Endoscopy & Colonoscopy Explainer video

Who should have Endoscopy and Colonoscopy Procedures?

A colonoscopy is recommended for average-risk patients at age 45. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, a colonoscopy may be recommended at a younger age. 

Typically, a colonoscopy is recommended 10 years younger than the affected family member. 

Types of structural gastrointestinal diseases that may require further investigations

  • Oesophageal Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Reflux
  • Gastritis
  • Constipation
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Internal Haemorrhoids
  • External Haemorrhoids
  • Anal Fissures
  • Perianal Abscesses
  • Anal Fistula
  • Other Perianal Infections
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Colon Polyps And Cancer

Conditions & Symptoms

Constipation

Which is a functional problem, makes it hard for you to have a bowel movement (or pass stools), the stools are infrequent (less than three times a week), or incomplete. Constipation is usually caused by inadequate “roughage” or fibre in your diet, or a disruption of your regular routine or diet.

Constipation causes you to strain during a bowel movement. It may cause small, hard stools and sometimes anal problems such as fissures and haemorrhoids. Constipation is rarely the sign that you have a more serious medical condition.

Constipation can sometimes be treated with:

  • Increasing the amount of fibre and water to your diet.
  • Exercising regularly and increasing the intensity of your exercises as tolerated.
  • Moving your bowels when you have the urge (resisting the urge causes constipation).
  • Medications (speak with your GP or Specialists what medications could be used.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

(also called spastic colon, irritable colon, IBS, or nervous stomach) is a functional condition where your colon muscle contracts more or less often than “normal.” Certain foods, medicines and emotional stress are some factors that can trigger IBS.

Some treatment options may include;

  • Avoiding excessive caffeine.
  • Increasing fibre in your diet.
  • Monitoring which foods trigger your IBS (and avoiding these foods).
  • Minimizing stress or learning different ways to cope with stress.
  • Taking medicines as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
  • Avoiding dehydration, and hydrating well throughout the day.
  • Getting high quality rest/sleep.

Haemorrhoids

Are a structural diseases caused by dilated veins in the anal canal. They’re swollen blood vessels that line your anal opening. They are caused by chronic excess pressure from straining during a bowel movement, persistent diarrhoea, or pregnancy. There are two types of haemorrhoids: internal and external.

Internal haemorrhoids

Are blood vessels on the inside of your anal opening. When they fall down into the anus as a result of straining, they become irritated and start to bleed. Ultimately, internal haemorrhoids can fall down enough to prolapse (sink or stick) out of the anus.

Treatment includes:

  • Improving bowel habits (such as avoiding constipation, not straining during bowel movements and moving your bowels when you have the urge).
  • Your healthcare provider using ligating bands to eliminate the vessels.
  • Your healthcare provider removing them surgically. Surgery is needed only for a small number of people with very large, painful and persistent haemorrhoids.

External haemorrhoids

Are veins that lie just under the skin on the outside of the anus. Sometimes, after straining, the external haemorrhoidal veins burst and a blood clots form under the skin. This very painful condition is called a “pile.”

Treatment includes removing the clot and vein under local anaesthesia and/or removing the haemorrhoid itself.

Anal fissures

Are also a structural disease. They are splits or cracks in the lining of your anal opening. The most common cause of an anal fissure is the passage of very hard or watery stools. The crack in the anal lining exposes the underlying muscles that control the passage of stool through the anus and out of the body. An anal fissure is one of the most painful problems because the exposed muscles become irritated from exposure to stool or air, and leads to intense burning pain, bleeding, or spasm after bowel movements.

Initial treatment for anal fissures includes pain medicine, dietary fibre to reduce the occurrence of large, bulky stools and sitz baths (sitting in a few inches of warm water). If these treatments don’t relieve your pain, surgery might be needed to repair the sphincter muscle.

Perianal abscesses

It is also a structural disease can occur when the tiny anal glands that open on the inside of your anus become blocked, and the bacteria always present in these glands causes an infection. When pus develops, an abscess forms. Treatment includes draining the abscess, usually under local anaesthesia in the healthcare provider’s office.

Anal fistula

A structural disease – often follows drainage of an abscess and is an abnormal tube-like passageway from the anal canal to a hole in the skin near the opening of your anus. Body wastes travelling through your anal canal are diverted through this tiny channel and out through the skin, causing itching and irritation. Fistulas also cause drainage, pain and bleeding. They rarely heal by themselves and usually need surgery to drain the abscess and “close off” the fistula.

Other perianal infections

Sometimes the skin glands near your anus become infected and need to be drained, like in this structural disease. Just behind the anus, abscesses can form that contain a small tuft of hair at the back of the pelvis (called a pilonidal cyst).

Sexually transmitted diseases that can affect the anus include anal warts, herpes, AIDS, chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

Diverticular Disease 

A structural disease, is the presence of small outpouchings (diverticula) in the muscular wall of your large intestine that forms in weakened areas of the bowel. They usually occur in the sigmoid colon, the high-pressure area of the lower large intestine.

Diverticular disease is very common and occurs in 10% of people over age 40 and in 50% of people over age 60 in Western cultures. It is often caused by too little roughage (fibre) in the diet. Diverticulosis can sometimes develop/progress into diverticulitis

Complications of diverticular disease happen in about 10% of people with outpouchings. They include infection or inflammation (diverticulitis), bleeding and obstruction. Treatment of diverticulitis includes treating the constipation and sometimes antibiotics if really severe. Surgery is needed as last resort in those who have significant complications to remove the involved diseased segment of the colon.

Colon polyps and cancer

Each year, thousands of Australians are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, the third most common form of cancer in the country. Fortunately, with advances in early detection and treatment, colorectal cancer is one of the most curable forms of the disease. By using a variety of screening tests, it is possible to prevent, detect and treat the disease long before symptoms appear.

The importance of screening for colorectal Cancer

Almost all colorectal cancers begin as polyps, benign (non-cancerous) growths in the tissues lining your colon and rectum. Cancer develops when these polyps grow and abnormal cells develop and start to invade surrounding tissue. Removal of polyps can prevent the development of colorectal cancer. Almost all precancerous polyps can be removed painlessly using a flexible lighted tube called a colonoscope. If not caught in the early stages, colorectal cancer can spread throughout the body. More advanced cancer requires more complicated surgical techniques.

Most early forms of colorectal cancer do not cause symptoms, which makes screening especially important. When symptoms do occur, the cancer might already be quite advanced. Symptoms include blood on or mixed in with the stool, a change in normal bowel habits, narrowing of the stool, abdominal pain, weight loss, or constant tiredness.

Most cases of colorectal cancer are detected in one of four ways:

  • By screening people at average risk for colorectal cancer beginning at age 45.
  • By screening people at higher risk for colorectal cancer (for example, those with a family history or a personal history of colon polyps or cancer).
  • By investigating the bowel in patients with symptoms.
  • A chance finding at a routine check-up.
  • Early detection is the best chance for a cure.


Colitis
is the name of a series of conditions that cause an inflammation of the bowel. These include:

  • Infectious colitis.
  • Ulcerative colitis (cause unknown).
  • Crohn’s disease (cause unknown).
  • Ischemic colitis (caused by not enough blood going to the colon).
  • Radiation colitis (after radiotherapy).


Colitis causes diarrhoea, rectal bleeding, abdominal cramps and urgency (frequent and immediate need to empty the bowels). Treatment depends on the diagnosis, which is made by colonoscopy and biopsy.

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