The Alfred Endoscopy Unit provides a wide range of services that include all basic diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy through to advanced endoscopy with double-balloon enteroscopy, endoscopic ultrasound and advanced polypectomies. The Unit is active on several research fronts.
Understanding of colonic polypectomy
We have made significant contributions through prospective audit of our polypectomy practice, including giant flat polypectomy and more routine flat polypectomy, particularly in the handling of anticoagulants.
Assessment of novel approaches to bowel preparation prior to colonoscopy
This includes, including ultra-low residue 'White Diets' and different purgative preparations.
Risk of colonic polyps and bowel cancer in cystic fibrosis
We have identified a significantly increased risk of colorectal neoplasia inpatients with cystic fibrosis and are evaluating how to best screen for this complication.
We are collaborating with our Haematology colleagues in the assessment of patients with Graft Versus Host Disease after Bone Marrow Transplantation, and the role of PET scanning. We are assisting the Infectious Diseases Unit in the impact of novel treatment strategies on the immunology of the colon.