Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine focused on the digestive system and its disorders. Diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract, which include organs from mouth to anus, along the alimentary canal, are the focus of this speciality. Gastroenterology as a term refers to the treatment that can be surgical and non-surgical to treat a variety of conditions.
A Gastroenterology disease is a disease that effects the normal action of the gastrointestinal organs; this includes the movement of material through the stomach and intestine (motility), digestion and absorption of nutrients, removal of waste and the function of the pancreas and liver. This includes common and important conditions such as colon polyps and cancer, hepatitis, gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn), peptic ulcer disease, colitis, gallbladder and biliary tract disease, nutritional problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and pancreatitis.
Spencer Private Hospitals' Gastroenterology service offers the highest levels of patient care with a team of highly regarded Gastroenterology consultants, surgeons and nursing staff. Our specialist consultants are experienced in a full range of upper and lower gastroenterology conditions and can provide a service from consultation through to assessment and treatment.
Our consultation service is supported by a specialist endoscopy suite where the majority of investigations and treatment take place. Our specialist gastroenterology consultants also work closely with associated specialties including General Surgery and Colorectal Surgery.
The gastroenterology service is available to all patients with conditions including:
- Abdominal pain
- Dyspepsia like symptoms
- Inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s)
- Coeliac Disease.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome - IBS
- All other gastroenterological complaints
It's simple to pay for our Gastroenterology treatments, as we work with all the major insurers. If you do not have medical insurance or are not covered by your current policy we are also able to provide different payment options.
- The Oesophagus
- Small Intestine
- Colon & Rectum
- Bile Duct
- Barium Enema
- Barium Swallow And Barium Meal
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
- ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde CholangioPancreatograpy)
- Barium Follow through
- Abdominal Ultrasound
- Abdominal X-Ray
- MRCP (Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography)
- CT Scan
- CT pneumocolon
A Gastroenterologist is a consultant doctor with dedicated training and unique experience in the management of disease of the gastrointestinal tract and liver.
A Gastroenterologist has a detailed understanding of the normal action of the gastrointestinal organs including the movement of material through the stomach and intestine (motility), the digestion and absorption of nutrients into the body, removal of waste from the system, and the function of the liver as a digestive organ.
Consultant Surgeons with a special interest in Gastroenterology work alongside consultant doctors to ensure the best care possible for all patients.
It is important to see a Gastroenterologist if your general practitioner (GP) recommends you do and if your symptoms are persistent or you suffer with repeated episodes. Your GP may recommend you see a gastroenterologist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of GI disorders:
- Rectal bleeding
- Leakage/underwear stains
- Bowel movement urges that are hard to control
- Change in bowel habits
- Pale-coloured stools
- Dark Urine
- Heartburn (acid reflux)
- Abdominal pain or bloating
- Excessive gas or belching
- Oesophageal pain
- Loss of appetite or weight
- Chest pain (not related to heart condition)
- Nasty taste in mouth
- Patients with a range of gastro issues
- Adults and children
Guide Prices and What's Included
G6500 - Diagnostic Oesophago-Gastro-Duodenoscopy (OGD) includes Forceps Biopsy, Biopsy Urease Test and Dye Spray
The prices in the table above (the “Guide Prices”) show what most patients should expect to pay at each appointment and on admission to hospital.
The Guide Prices you pay might be different depending on:
- Which Consultant or Specialist you choose
- Your medical history
- The type of anaesthetic your Consultant advises is best for you
- The type of implant your Consultant advises is best for you
Your price quotation will be made clear to you before you proceed with any tests, consultations or treatment (see the “Your Quote” section below).