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Waitemata Gastroenterology

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Waitemata Gastroenterology 
We are a group of gastroenterologists working together in both public and private practice to offer a complete service for gastrointestinal and liver problems.

We have all had overseas advanced training, primarily in the UK, and are experienced in a full range of procedures and conditions including: gastroscopy, colonoscopy, pill camera endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, coeliac disease, gastro-oesophageal reflux, pH monitoring, liver diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, Hydrogen Breath testing, GI motility problems, nutritional disease and HALO therapy for Barrett’s oesophagus.

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.

gastroenterologist is a doctor specialising in the field of medicine which involves these closely related organs.

Consultants

Referral Expectations

We welcome referrals to the group, or individually. We can also offer early appointments for urgent cases.

Your GP will refer you to us if they are concerned that you have problems that require a specialist opinion regarding the diagnosis or treatment of the condition. Your GP may also refer you directly to us for endoscopy tests (this is using a special flexible fibre optic tube to examine your stomach or bowel under sedation - see below).

Before coming to see us, you may be asked to undergo tests such as blood tests, urine tests or stool/faeces tests (you collect a sample of your urine or poo for analysis).

At your appointment a history of your symptoms will be taken as well as a review of any medications you are on (please bring these with you).  You will then be examined which may involve, depending on your complaints, a rectal examination.  This involves the insertion of the doctor’s finger or a tube into your bottom to examine the inside.

You may be referred on for further radiology tests, depending on your condition, such as ultrasound, Computerised Tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans.

Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments

  • Gastroscopy

    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

  • Colonoscopy

    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.  Removal of polyps and treatment of bleeding or piles can also be undertaken.… More

  • Hepatitis

    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

    Cirrhosis is the term used to describe a diseased liver that has been badly scarred, usually due to many years of injury.… 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 intestine can… 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

  • Reflux/Heartburn

    Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is the medical term for the common symptoms of heartburn, reflux or indigestion.… More

  • Peptic Ulcers

    Peptic ulcers are sores or eroded areas that form in the lining of the digestive tract.… More

  • Coeliac Disease

    Coeliac disease is an allergy to gluten which is found in many wheat based products.… More

  • Pill Camera Endoscopy

    Pill camera endoscopy is an exciting new technique that allows your specialist to examine the entire length of your intestine painlessly and without exposure to surgery, endoscopy or radiation.… More

  • Hydrogen Breath Testing

    This is used to test the absorption of various simple and complex sugars.… More

  • Barrett's Oesophagus

    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

Contact Details

  • Phone

    (09) 920 6746

  • Fax

    (09) 486 1268

  • Healthlink EDI

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Waitemata Specialist Centre
15 Shea Terrace
Milford
Auckland

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Milford
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This page was last updated at 2:57PM on May 24, 2016. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitemata Gastroenterology.