Mr Bassari is accredited by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) to perform endoscopies (gastroscopy and colonoscopy).
What is an endoscopy?
An endoscopy is a procedure that allows doctors to look inside your stomach organ and inside your colon. The procedure for looking into your stomach is called a gastroscopy. For the colon, it’s called a colonoscopy. These procedures are performed for a variety of reasons including abdominal pain, bloating, reflux, heartburn, ulcers, bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract, cancer screening etc. The equipment used (endoscope) is a long, narrow, flexible tube with fibreoptic technology. The endoscope is connected to a “stack” which processes the image and displays it on a monitor.
The procedure is usually performed under sedation. Sometimes a general anaesthetic is used. You will have to be fasted for approximately 6 hours prior to the procedure. In most cases you will go home the same day. You will need someone to take you home. You will not be allowed to take a taxi home.
What if I take blood thinning medication?
If you take blood thinning medication, you will need to see your GP about stopping this. Depending on which medication you take, you may have to stop it 2-5 days before the procedure. Sometimes you will need a “bridging” blood thinner if you are to stop your normal blood thinner. You can continue to take aspirin.
When do I know the results?
Usually, Mr Bassari will speak with you after the procedure if you are alert enough after the sedation of general anaesthetic. You will need to arrange an appointment with Mr Bassari approximately 2 weeks after the procedure. By this time, if biopsies were taken, the results will be available and they can be discussed.