When choosing a gastroenterologist in Sydney, you want to be sure they will provide you with personalised, high quality medical care. Selecting a doctor that will be there with you through every step of the process is key. Sydney Gastro Specialists have a long history of evidence-based treatment and we take a patient first approach to everyone that comes through our doors. From assessment through to treatment and beyond, your highly trained specialist will be there with you. We are more than just a clinic, our doctors keep constantly up to date with training and are actively involved in cutting edge research.
Also referred to as a gut doctor, gut specialist, stomach doctor or stomach specialist, a gastroenterologist can have a wide range of specialist interests, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome, oesophageal disorders, stomach and bowel cancer and liver disease. The specialist team at Sydney Gastro Specialists are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating disorders and diseases of the digestive system.
Conditions Treated by a Bowel Specialist
Gastro Oesophageal Reflux (GORD)
Gastro oesophageal reflux is very common with almost everyone experiencing it from time to time. It is the result of food and stomach secretions, including stomach acid and gas, passing upwards into the oesophagus. It can cause a range of symptoms including heartburn, acid or bitter taste in the mouth and other types of “indigestion”.
Reflux is usually not serious and often simple dietary and lifestyle changes are all that is required to manage it. For those who continue to have symptoms, medications are available to manage them and these medications are both very effective and very safe.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Many people suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating and distension, excess flatulence and altered bowel patterns with diarrhoea and/or constipation. While the cause of IBS is not yet well understood, we know that proper management of IBS includes restricting certain foods and trying a low FODMAP diet. FODMAPs are Fermentable Oligosaccharides (fructans and galacto-oligosaccharides), Disaccharides (lactose), Monosaccharides (fructose in excess of glucose) And Polyols. A dietician can help you create a dietary plan to reduce IBS symptoms whilst still maintaining a healthy diet and good, balanced nutrition.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to a group of diseases that cause inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. The main types are Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease. The cause of IBD is still unclear but is most likely due to a combination of immune, genetic, environmental and infectious causes. Medications are available to treat and manage symptoms, which include diarrhoea (often with bleeding), abdominal pain, weight loss and tiredness. For those with more severe symptoms, surgery is occasionally required.
Bowel Polyps and Bowel Cancer
A bowel polyp is an abnormal growth of tissue on the wall of the bowel (colon). If polyps are left for years, a small number may develop into bowel cancer. Many people have no symptoms while they develop bowel cancer so it is imperative to undergo bowel cancer screening. The Australian Government sends a free test kit in the mail every two years to people aged 50 – 74 years. If the test is positive, a colonoscopy should be done.
A colonoscopy can detect bowel polyps which can usually be removed completely and safely by the colonoscopist. This eliminates the possibility of that polyp developing into cancer. There are different types of bowel polyps, such as a tubular adenomas, sessile serrated adenomas, hyperplastic polyps and benign inflammatory polyps. Bowel polyps are common – almost 50% of all adult Australians will develop one in their lifetime.
We provide a professional, supportive environment to help with preparations for colonoscopy. Sydney residents trust us as their go-to professionals. Your bowel specialist will provide support and give you advice on the proper colonoscopy preparation for you. Australia has excellent day surgery hospitals, both public and private, including:
- Ryde Public Hospital
- Concord Public Hospital
- Royal North Shore Hospital
- Blacktown Public Hospital
- Macquarie University Hospital
- North Shore Private Hospital
- Pennant Hills Day Surgery
- The Mater Hospital
- Strathfield Private Hospital
- Norwest Private Hospital
Our highly regarded doctors attend these hospitals, so you can rest assured you will be in good hands. If you are looking for the best gastroenterologist Sydney has to offer, you’ve come to the right place. Located in Eastwood Sydney, our practice is conveniently situated opposite Ryde Public Hospital, with parking directly behind our building. Contact us today to make your appointment.Leave a reply