Endoscopy

Endoscopy helps diagnose and treat conditions of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract - areas such as the oesophagus, the stomach, the colon, the bowel.

  • An endoscopy involves examining the inside of a person’s body using an endoscope. Endoscopy helps diagnose and treat conditions of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract – areas such as the oesophagus, the stomach, the colon, the bowel. Endoscopy services at the Mater Private are provided by Consultants with expert knowledge and clinical experience in the fields of Gastroenterology, Colorectal and General Surgery. Our physicians and the skilled support team are dedicated to providing the best care possible. For patients with worrying symptoms the first port of call is a visit to your GP for evaluation. Your GP may start treatment with a prescription / medication or may recommend an endoscopy procedure to evaluate symptoms such as:

    • Stomach pain
    • Ulcers, gastritis, or difficulty swallowing
    • Digestive tract bleeding
    • Changes in bowel habits (chronic constipation or diarrhoea)
    • Polyps or growths in the colon

     

    Referrals to Endoscopy services are by GP referral only.

  • The procedure is carried out using an endoscope – a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it. The camera allows your doctor to view pictures of your digestive tract on a colour TV monitor.

    An endoscope is passed through the mouth and throat into the oesophagus allowing the doctor to view the oesophagus, stomach and upper part of the small intestine. This is known as a GASTROSCOPY or OGD (oesophagogastroduodenoscopy)

    Similarly, an endoscope can be passed into the large intestine (colon) through the rectum to examine this area of the intestine. This is known as a COLONOSCOPY (Full Colonoscopy) or SIGMOIDOSCOPY (Left-Sided Colonoscopy)

  • For the majority of patients endoscopy procedures are carried out as a day-case procedure. The vast majority of insurance plans offer 100% cover for day-case procedures at the Mater Private. Patients with no insurance cover also have access to the Mater Private and will be given a procedure cost estimate in advance of treatment.

    At the Mater Private we are happy to help patients understand what, if any cost, they may incur for any procedure. To do this there a few simple steps

    1. Check the name of your plan
    2. Check your plan number
    3. Confirm the procedure name with your Consultant
    4. Call us on 021 601 3267 with the above details