Also known as a Gastroscopy, Panendoscopy allows the Gastroenterologist to comprehensively examine the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum using an endoscope equipped with a video camera. Panendoscopy also allows the Gastroenterologist to take tissue samples (biopsies) for pathology testing and polyps can also be removed during the procedure.
- This procedure is performed to investigate conditions such as:
- Ulcer Disease
- Barret's Oesophagus
- Coeliac Disease
- Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)
- Helicobacter pylori infection
- Oesophageal Cancer
- Stomach Cancer
The surgical procedures provided at the Centre for Digestive Diseases do not require a general anaesthetic as intravenous sedation is given for these procedures. The Sedationist will insert a small needle into a vein in the back of your hand or in your arm through which the sedative will be injected. The injection may cause a local reaction. Bruising under the skin may occur, but should not cause permanent damage and is usually not painful. If you are having a gastroscopy procedure, your throat may be sprayed with an anaesthetic agent and may feel numb for a short time.
The procedures described above are considered to be safe. However, temporary discomfort or pain may occur following introduction of air into the stomach or bowel. Major complications are rare but can occur. These complications include perforation (puncture) of the oesophagus, stomach or duodenum. Haemorrhage (bleeding) following removal of polyps, infection, cardiac or respiratory arrest related to sedation / anaesthesia. If you wish to discuss the potential risks or any issues regarding your procedure(s) in more detail, please ask to speak with the Gastroenterologist.