Christchurch Endoscopy

Christchurch Endoscopy is Christchurch’s largest endoscopy clinic staffed by highly experienced endoscopists.

Operating out of state-of-the-art, purpose-built endoscopy units, our team includes internationally trained gastroenterologist and upper and lower gastrointestinal specialists and provides a full range of investigative and diagnostic procedures.

About Christchurch Endoscopy

Christchurch Endoscopy provides assessment, diagnosis, advice, management, treatment and personal, ongoing follow up care for all gastrointestinal tract problems.

Christchurch Endoscopy conducts procedures at St George’s Day Surgery, Southern Endoscopy Centre and Southern Cross Hospital, all of which are centrally located in Christchurch.

Procedures & Treatments

Gastroscopy

Gastroscopy is a procedure which enables the surgeon or gastroenterologist to see inside your upper gastro intestinal tract – your oesophagus, stomach and duodenum.  Unlike Xrays which take photographs of these areas, endoscopy allows the specialist to see the surfaces of those areas directly, and can provide a lot more detail and accuracy than Xray images

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is the name of the procedure where the inside lining of the large bowel is examined.  The colonoscopy allows the surgeon or gastroenterologist to see the inside of your bowel and view this image on a video camera.  The procedure is usually performed to investigate suspected abnormalities which may occur in your bowel or used for surveillance when you are known to have had polyps or cancer, or have a family history of these conditions.

Bowel cancer screening

Bowel screening involves investigations in people who do not have a personal or family history of bowel cancer, or any obvious symptoms of the disease. The aim of screening is to detect very early stage bowel cancer or any polyps when they are easier to treat and cure.  Ongoing regular surveillance is arranged if required.  Christchurch Endoscopy encourages all New Zealanders to be vigilant of any bowel symptoms or risk factors that may indicate further investigation is required.

If people have a family history or any of the symptoms of bowel cancer (change of bowel habit, rectal bleeding, tiredness, pale complexion, unexplained weight loss, a lump or mass in the tummy and/or persistent abdominal pain) they should go directly to their GP.

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