Dr Stephen Persson - Gastroenterologist
Dr Persson is a gastroenterologist and endoscopist who has been consulting in the private sector for over 10 years.
For gastroenterology referrals please contact Dr Persson at Eastcare Specialist Centre or Pukekohe Family Health Centre (see details on right).
For endoscopy referrals, procedures are performed at:
- Ormiston Hospital - 125 Ormiston Rd, Flat Bush, Manukau City. Ph (09) 250 1157
- Endoscopy Auckland - 148 Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland. Ph (09) 623 2020
Dr Stephen Persson is a Southern Cross Affiliated Provider under the Gastroenterology (Digestive system) service area.
Dr Persson's areas of specialisation include:
- Therapeutic/interventional endoscopy – gastroscopy, duodenoscopy, colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, enteroscopy, ERCP
- Stent insertions to any site in gastrointestinal tract
- Argon plasma coagulation to palliate GI malignancies & treat a range of intestinal vascular anomalies, & radiation injury
- Mucosectomy to resect large polyps & early stage GI tumours
- Endoscopic haemostasis for bleeding GI lesions & ulcers
- Removal of foreign bodies
- Endoscopic dilatation of strictures
- Botox injection for motility disorders
- Single balloon enteroscopy
- Pancreatic & biliary endotherapy
- All areas of gastroenterology and hepatology
- gastrointestinal malignancies (colon cancer etc)
- inflammatory bowel disease (IBD / IBS)
- coeliac disease
- motility disorders
- reflux disease
- functional bowel disorders
- hepatobiliary and pancreatic disorders.
What is Gastroenterology?
Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine that looks at diseases of the oesophagus (gullet), stomach, small and large intestines (bowel), liver, gallbladder and pancreas.
The oesophagus is the tube that joins your mouth with your stomach. It is a muscular tube that contracts to push the food through when you swallow.
The stomach is where food is broken down by acid and emptied into your intestines. The stomach has special cells lining its wall to protect it from these acids.
The intestines consist of the small intestine (duodenum, jejunum and ileum – different sections of small intestine) and the large intestine (colon). As food passes through the small intestine, nutrients are broken down and absorbed. When it passes into the colon, water is absorbed. The waste that is left is passed as faeces (poo).
The liver is roughly the size of a football and is on your right side just under your ribs. It stores vitamins, sugar and iron which are used by cells in the body for energy.It also clears the body of waste products and drugs, produces substances that are used to help blood clot and aid the immune system, and produces bile which aids in digestion.
What is Endoscopy?
Endoscopy is the process of looking inside body cavities, using a very tiny camera attached to the end of a long, flexible tube (endoscope). Images from the camera are sent to a television monitor so that the doctor can direct the movement of the endoscope. It is also possible to pass different instruments through the endoscope to allow small samples or growths to be removed.
Endoscopy allows a doctor to make a diagnosis either by seeing directly what is causing the problem or by taking a small tissue sample for examination under a microscope (biopsy).
Endoscopy can also be used as a treatment e.g. for removal of swallowed objects in the oesophagus (food pipe), healing of lesions etc.
Gastroenterologist and Endoscopist
Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments
This is a procedure which allows the doctor to see inside your oesophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum) and examine the lining directly. … More
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ERCP)
A flexible tube with a tiny video camera attached (endoscope) is inserted through the mouth into the stomach and small intestine while you are under sedation (you have been given medication to make you drowsy).… More
This is a procedure which allows the doctor to see inside your large bowel and examine the surfaces directly and take biopsies (samples of tissue) if needed. Treatment of conditions can also be undertaken.… More
The best way to establish what type of liver disease is present and the extent of the disease, is a biopsy.… More
This is inflammation of the liver, commonly caused by viruses. Hepatitis B and C are viruses that can cause chronic (long term) inflammation and damage to the liver.… More
Cirrhosis is the term used to describe a diseased liver that has been badly scarred, usually due to many years of injury.… More
Peptic ulcers are sores or eroded areas that form in the lining of the digestive tract.… More
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
There are two types of IBD, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. In these conditions, the immune system attacks the lining of the colon causing inflammation and ulceration, bleeding and diarrhoea. In ulcerative colitis this only involves the large intestine, whereas in Crohn’s disease areas within the entire intestine can be… More
Dr Stephen Persson is a Southern Cross Affiliated Provider under the Gastroenterology (Digestive system) service area. This includes :
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- APC procedures in association with endoscopy
- EMR procedures in association with endoscopy
- Banding of haemorrhoids
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This page was last updated at 1:47PM on February 19, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Dr Stephen Persson - Gastroenterologist.