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Below are a list of some of the services we offer at DDQ
Consultations are meetings with the gastroenterologist to discuss your health concerns.
An initial consultation typically takes half an hour where your health concerns are identified. Information is also collected on your medical background, medications and previous investigations. A brief examination is performed. A problem list is then made and relevant investigations are organised often including an endoscopic procedure. Relevant advice and a treatment plan is discussed with you and a summary of all of this sent to your referring doctor.
*Practice Policy - All patients who have not seen one of our doctors for a consultation or had a colonoscopy with one of our doctors in the last 12 month must see our practice nurse for a preparation appointment.*
This is to ensure you have the best possible preparation for your colonoscopy and to ensure you are fully informed of what is involved with having this procedure.
What is a colonoscopy?
What is an Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography?
ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography) is used in the diagnosis of disorders of the pancreas, bile duct, liver and gallbladder. The doctor passes an endoscope (a thin flexible tube) through your mouth, to inspect your stomach and duodenum so the bile duct can be identified. The doctor then injects radio-opaque dye into one or both ducts and takes detailed X-rays. In approximately 5% of patients it is impossible for anatomical reasons to pass the plastic tube into the appropriate duct.
Digestive Diseases Qld provide capsule endoscopy services through Dr Mark Appleyard. Dr Appleyard is a visiting specialist at DDQ and consults once a fortnight out of our Holy Spirit Northside rooms. (Please note that Dr Appleyard ONLY offers capsule endoscopy services through this practice)