Our doctors are highly trained within the field of gastroenterology and hepatology as well as endoscopy, offering quality and comprehensive consultations. If you are experiencing any gastrointestinal symptoms or wish to seek specialist advice about any gastrointestinal issues, please contact us at Parkville Gastroenterology.
What Is A Gastroenterologist?
A Gastroenterologist is a specialist medical consultant. After completion of medical school and internship, training involves three years of Basic Physician Training in general and internal medicine including written and clinical examinations, followed by a further three years of Advanced Training in gastroenterology and endoscopy.
What Conditions Do Gastroenterologists Look After?
Gastroenterologists care for a variety of conditions affecting any part of the gastrointestinal tract: the oesophagus (food pipe); stomach; small and large intestines; the liver; and the pancreas. This includes investigation and management of any issues related to these areas such as: iron deficiency, reflux, swallowing issues, rectal bleeding, altered bowel habits, dairrhoea or constipation. Specific conditions include a family history of bowel or rectal cancer, coeliac disease, liver disorders and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's and ulcerative colitis).
What Does A Consultation Involve?
A consultation involves a thorough history of any underlying medical conditions, medications, as well as a detailed account of any symptoms or concerns you are experiencing. This is usually followed by a general or focused physical examination. You may be asked to undertake additional investigations such as blood or stool tests, imaging (such as x-rays or ultrasound) prior to recommendation regarding procedures and treatment.
Do I Need Anything Prior To A Consultation?
Ideally, a referral from your general practitioner (GP) or other medical or surgical doctor will be required prior to a consultation or procedure. Information needed includes your personal details to register on the system, a list of any previous medical conditions or surgeries, and a full medication history. If you do not have a valid or current referral, please let the team know prior to your appointment.