Welcome to Direct Endoscopy Medical Centres for Digestive Health
We have been providing quality endoscopy services and specialist treatment in the area of digestive health for over twenty years. Today, Direct
Endoscopy is one of the largest providers of endoscopy services in Victoria with three Day Hospitals in the Melbourne metropolitan area. Our
team of specialist gastroenterologists is committed to providing the highest quality of endoscopy expertise.
We provide Specialist consultations in all areas of Digestive and Liver Diseases and post-endoscopy specialist follow up.
Bowel Cancer Prevention
Regular colorectal cancer screening is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer. Find out more about bowel cancer prevention.
At Direct Endoscopy, we are committed to affordable, accessible and comprehensive digestive health services, such as gastroscopy,
colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy for all patients - both insured and non-insured.
All patients referred to us have access to the best in gastroenterological care regardless of insurance status.
Hydrogen Breath Testing
We provide diagnostic testing for food intolerances such as lactose intolerance and fructose malabsorption.
Liver Fibrosis Scan
Accurately diagnosing liver fibrosis (scarring) and inflammatory activity are the most important factors for determining the stage of the disease, assessing the patient's prognosis, and predicting treatment responses.
Liver Fibrosis Scan (ultrasound-based elastography) provides non-invasive and painless approach for assessing Fibrosis in liver disease.
Gastroenterology and Anaesthetic Specialists
You will enjoy a warm and friendly atmosphere, with our highly qualified specialists and staff offering the very best in patient care. With no waiting list, most patients can undergo procedures within one week in our fully accredited,
state-of-the-art day procedure centres.
Please contact us today and make an appointment at any of our 3 convenient locations.
No Waiting Times
We are happy to see anyone, at any time and at short notice, and have access to the public hospital system with admitting rights to major public
Early in our blog we looked at a number of different aspects of Bowel Cancer; with a healthy appreciation for the alarming rates of Australian’s suffering from this disease, we think its high-time we rolled these out again for a fresh look! Not only is it one of the leading types of cancer across the world, it’s currently affecting 1 in 12 Australians! Let’s get started with a few basic facts:
- Bowel Cancer often develops with little to no warning signs!
- There are a number of risk factors associated with Bowel Cancer that can be greatly reduced
- Bowel Cancer CAN BE PREVENTED with appropriate screening
- Timely treatments allow for complete recovery
- Generally investigated, diagnosed and cured via colonoscopy (currently the best method for early detection and cure) – Direct Endoscopy has a number of clinics across Melbourne dedicated to providing a timely, caring and professional experience for even the most nervous patients.
It’s important to understand that although Bowel Cancer doesn’t always present with signs and symptoms, that’s not to say it never does! Here’s a recap of associated signs and symptoms you should familiarise yourself with:
- Changes in bowel habits or appearance – including smaller stools, or stools containing mucus
- Abdominal cramps or pain
- Blood in stool, rectal bleeding – if you notice any blood you should see your GP immediately
- Incomplete bowel movements – leaving you with the feeling of still “needing to go”
- Unexplained anaemia – meaning a low red blood count, usually resulting in tiredness and weakness
- Unexplained weight-loss
These symptoms do also apply to a number of other health conditions, so don’t assume you HAVE bowel cancer just because you have them – a visit to your GP will determine the cause and appropriate treatment will be recommended.
YES, IT’S TRUE - The risks of Bowel Cancer CAN BE REDUCED simply by incorporating a few healthy habits (such as diet and exercise) into your lifestyle. While it’s impossible to entirely prevent cancers from occurring, here are a few changes that have been proven to reduce the incidence of bowel cancer by up to 75%!
- Diet – foods containing dietary fibre, and consumption of fruits and vegetables containing antioxidants, can provide some protection against the development of bowel cancer
- Exercise – persuasive research and evidence shows that higher levels of physical activity protect again colon cancer (not rectal cancer). There’s no need to spend every spare minute sweating profusely – healthy exercise routines can be easily incorporated and completed in less time than it takes to cook a family meal!
Research suggests that eating red meats, in particular processed meat, may increase the chances of developing bowel cancer.
80 Australians die from bowel cancer EACH WEEK! This makes bowel cancer the second most common cause of cancer related death in Australia – sadly, this is also due to the lack of information some patients have about their symptoms, and symptoms of bowel cancer. If you or someone you know is displaying any signs or symptoms, book an appointment with your GP and ask for a referral.
Don’t hesitate to call our friendly and knowledgeable team with any questions or queries you may have!
Did you know that only one-third of
adults can digest milk? Our ability to digest lactose (the main sugar
found in milk) is reliant on our body’s production of an enzyme called
lactase. Read More
Did you know that up to 70% of people
who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome may also have fructose intolerance,
while approximately 30% of healthy adults show poor absorption of
fructose doses below 50g?