Private Service, Gastroenterology & Hepatology (Liver)
Waitematā Endoscopy is an advanced endoscopy centre developed in partnership with Southern Cross Hospitals Limited in order to provide the most comprehensive private endoscopy service to the North Shore, North and West Auckland.
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.
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.
The pancreas is an elongated organ that lies in the back of the mid-abdomen. It is responsible for producing digestive juices and certain hormones, including insulin, the main hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar.
A gastroenterologist is a doctor specialising in the field of medicine which involves these closely related organs.
Gastroenterologist / Endoscopist
General & Colorectal Surgeon and Endoscopist
General & Colorectal Surgeon
Gastroenterologist, Endoscopist, Hepatology Lead
Gastroenterologist / Endoscopist
We accept both direct (open access) referrals for gastroscopy/colonoscopy and referrals after consultation.
Our team is made up of experienced surgeons and endoscopy specialists, so we can offer a breadth and depth of service.
We are backed up by the services of a fully equipped private hospital, so you can have full confidence in the safety of your patients.
Endoscopy under general anaesthetic is regularly available and frail or complex patients can be admitted before or after procedures if needed.
Waitematā Endoscopy is a Southern Cross Affiliated Provider. Please contact us for more information.
|Mon – Fri||7:30 AM – 5:30 PM|
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
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.… More
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
There are two main 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 digestive tract… More
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a very common disorder of the stomach and bowel due to disordered movement or motility.… More
Peptic ulcers are sores or eroded areas that form in the lining of the digestive tract.… More
Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is the medical term for the common symptoms of heartburn, reflux or indigestion.… More
Barrett’s oesophagus refers to a change to the tissue lining of the oesophagus (or gullet) as a response to reflux of fluid from your stomach. About 50% of people with persistent reflux symptoms have Barrett’s change. Overall it is estimated that Barrett’s change occurs in about 10% of the population,… More
Coeliac disease is an allergy to gluten which is found in many wheat based products.… More
Endoscopic Ultrasound is a procedure where the doctor uses a thin flexible endoscope with a camera and an ultrasound probe on it to investigate your internal organs.… More
All patients are provided with a drink and light snack before leaving the recovery area.
You must arrange for a friend or relative to take you home after a procedure with us when you have been sedated – even if you feel wide awake. You cannot drive a car, travel on public transport alone, or take a taxi/uber without a family member with you.
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This page was last updated at 10:44AM on May 24, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitematā Endoscopy.