Our Specialist Services
At Gastro IQ we offer a Specialist consultation service for all gut-related and liver issues. Urgent appointments are available on request.
Swallowing + Heartburn clinic
The Swallowing + Heartburn clinic at Gastro IQ is a streamlined clinic designed to provide rapid answers to patients experiencing symptoms.
Gastroscopy + Colonoscopy
Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy are minimally invasive procedures that allow us to look at the inside of your digestive tract. They allow direct visualization of the gut and are often the best way to make a diagnosis.
- during a gastroscopy a thin flexible tube (with a tiny camera on the end) is passed though your mouth into your stomach.
- during a colonoscopy a thin flexible tube (with a tiny camera on the end) is passed up your bottom and into your large bowel (colon).
Both procedures are usually performed asleep.
At Gastro IQ we understand that waiting to have a gastroscopy or colonoscopy can be a nerve-wracking experience. That is why we offer a rapid ‘open-access’ service where you can book in for a procedure (usually within a week) without the need to have a separate specialist appointment beforehand. We will also endeavour to provide an appointment as soon as possible if a consultation is preferred before the procedures.
At Gastro IQ we offer:
– a short wait time
– affordable procedures (Cost)
– a safe and comfortable experience
– expert Gastroenterologists
– the latest equipment and technology
The specialists at Gastro IQ are highly trained Gastroenterologists with a special interest in performing high quality endoscopy procedures. We use the latest innovative technology and equipment to ensure your procedure is safe and effective.
We perform endoscopic procedures at several sites including:
– Manningham Endoscopy Centre (Templestowe Lower)
– Epworth Eastern (Box Hill)
– Eastern Health (Box Hill and Maroondah hospitals)
Contact us to find out more (including costs) about having a gastroscopy or colonoscopy.
At Gastro IQ we offer a Specialist consultation service for all gut-related issues. Our Gastroenterologists are trained in all aspects of gastrointestinal health including conditions affecting the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, large bowel, liver and pancreas.
What is involved in a Gastroenterology consultation?
Most consultations involve taking a thorough history of your concerns or symptoms, as well as some background information such as your past medical history and medications.
With your permission, and depending on the issue, a physical examination is sometimes performed.
Previous tests and results are reviewed. Our doctors then formulate a provisional diagnosis and discuss this with you in detail. At this point additional investigations may be recommended while in other cases a specific treatment plan can be implemented straight away.
We strongly believe in explaining and educating our patients about their symptoms and conditions.
How much does it cost to see a Gastroenterologist?
All specialist consultations (initial and review) attract a $50 out of pocket fee.
Irritable bowel syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common chronic gastro-intestinal conditions in the community. Frustratingly however, it is often misdiagnosed or dismissed as unimportant by many medical practitioners. Here at Gastro IQ we take IBS very seriously and recognize the significant impact it can have on people’s wellbeing, and enjoyment of eating and life in general.
Our IBS team takes a patient-centered approach, with investigations and treatments targeted specifically to your needs. Our innovative treatments are backed by the latest scientific evidence and include dietary modification, psychological and drug therapies, as well as faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) and medicinal cannabis.
Find out more about Irritable bowel syndrome here.
Swallowing + Heartburn clinic
The Swallowing + Heartburn clinic at Gastro IQ is a streamlined clinic designed to provide rapid answers to patients experiencing symptoms such as:
– difficulty swallowing or “food getting stuck”
– heartburn including discomfort or ‘burning in the chest’
– an acidic or bile taste in the mouth
– chronic cough and throat discomfort
We take a comprehensive approach by combining both endoscopic inspection (gastroscopy) with functional testing (pH testing and manometry) to accurately diagnose the underlying problem.
Common questions and answers
1. I’m having trouble swallowing. What could be wrong?
There are 2 broad categories of swallowing problems
(i) Motility problems – these relate to dysfunction of the muscles of the oesophagus. These affect the ‘peristalsis’ or muscular contractions of the oesophagus and tend to cause issues swallowing both liquids and solids.
(ii) Structural problems – these relate to a narrowing or partial blockage of the oesophagus. Common causes include scarring, ulcers, inflammation and occasionally cancer. They tend to result in more of an issue swallowing solid foods.
2. I get a burning pain in my chest…is this heartburn?
Heartburn is a common symptom and describes a ‘burning’ feeling in the centre of the chest. It is common after meals and when lying down at night. It can also be associated with an acidic taste in the mouth.
The underlying process is actually called ‘gastro-oesophageal reflux’ and is caused by the backwash of gastric contents into the oesophagus. This often, but not always, causes discomfort.
There are however several other possible explanations and excluding a heart-related cause is very important. Having a clear diagnosis before starting long-term medications is also valuable.
Find out more about heartburn and common swallowing problems here.
Weight loss clinic
The Weight loss clinic at Gastro IQ is a comprehensive medical service designed to help you achieve rapid weight loss and keep it off. Coordinated by our Gastroenterologists, our “Active plus” program tailors a range of weight loss options to your individual needs and circumstances.
Our multi-disciplinary team of weight loss experts includes dietitians, exercise physiologists and psychologists who work with you to address the key factors in ensuring long term weight loss success.
We understand that achieving and maintaining your desired weight loss can be a real struggle and an emotionally draining experience. That is why we take an empathic and evidence-based approach to weight loss.
Our doctors offer a complete range of weight loss options including:
– An individualized program
– Medications (eg Duloxetine)
– Intra-gastric balloon (Orbera)
– Endoscopic (non-surgical sleeve gastroplasty (ESG)
– Surgical options including a sleeve gastrectomy
Our team is passionate about helping people lose weight because we understand both the physical and emotional burden that comes with trying to control your weight.
Contact us to find out more about our Weight management services or to book an appointment
Pelvic floor and incontinence clinic
Rectal physiologic testing: The release of stool from the digestive tract requires a series of coordinated contractions of the rectum and relaxation of the internal and external anal sphincters. Damage to the nerves or muscles can lead to pelvic pain, constipation, and/or incontinence of the stools.
Physiologic testing involves:
1)Anorectal manometry – measures rectal and anal contractions as well as anorectal sensation and the sphincter reflexes
2)Pudendal nerve testing – measures the function of the main nerve controlling the anal sphincter
3)Anorectal ultrasound – investigates the integrity of internal and external anal sphincters and well as the rectum
4)Flexible sigmoidoscopy – investigates for rectal and sigmoid diseases
The results of these tests will help guide therapy which can include:
Pelvic floor physiotherapy: Strengthening and sensation conditioning
Endoscopic interventions – polyp removal, haemorrhoid treatment
Surgery: anal sphincter remain, rectal prolapse remain
Medications – ointments, laxatives, and suppositories