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Gastrointestinal endoscopic examinations

We perform many gastrointestinal examinations, i.e. examinations of the digestive organs. Endoscopic examinations also provide opportunities to take biopsies, which can later be studied more carefully. The most common examinations are the following:

  • Endoscopic examination of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (gastroscopy) is the primary tool for diagnosing problems in the upper abdomen. The procedure is performed with a flexible endoscope, which is inserted through the mouth and used to examine the oesophagus, the stomach and the duodenum (i.e. the upper part of the small intestine). If necessary, biopsies are also taken. The procedure takes 5-15 minutes and is painless.
     
  • Endoscopic examination of the colon (colonoscopy) is the primary tool for diagnosing diseases in the colon. A flexible endoscope is inserted through the anus and used to examine the rectum and the colon all the way to the caecum, and often also the first part of the small intestine. The procedure takes around half an hour and is usually painless.
     
  • Endoscopic examination of the anus (proctoscopy) is a supplementary examination, which is, for instance, used in the treatment of hemorrhoids.
     
  • Endoscopic examination of the rectum (rectoscopy) is an examination of the anus and rectum.
     
  • Endoscopic examination of the lower part of the colon (sigmoidoscopy)
     
  • During the above-mentioned examinations, procedures such as polyp or hemorrhoid removals can be performed through ligation (i.e. by tying off the polyp or hemorrhoid with a rubber band) or infrared coagulation, which is particularly suitable for treating small hemorrhoids.

Gastroscopy and colonoscopy procedures are generally considered very unpleasant, and some even find them frightening. However, after the procedure, most patients feel that the experience was not as unpleasant as they thought it would be. 

If you are still very anxious about the procedure, we offer you the option of relaxing or sedative medication at our medical centre in Ruoholahti. There are two options: an intravenous muscle relaxant and painkiller administered by a nurse just before the examination, or a sedative (‘light anesthesia’) administered by an anesthesiologist. You do not need a separate referral for this. Just let us know that you want relaxing or sedative medication when making your appointment. Most occupational healthcare agreements cover the nurse-administered intravenous medication.

Apart from endoscopic examinations, we perform the following gastrointestinal examinations:

  • Manometry (pressure measurement), which is used to study the function of the esophagus and the upper and lower oesophageal sphincters. The examination takes around 15 minutes and is not painful for the patient. The result is a pressure graph which describes the esophageal function.
     
  • 24-hour esophageal pH monitoring, which is used to determine the severity of the patient’s reflux symptoms. The test measures the amount of acid reflux during the time of measurement and shows the connection between the reflux and the patient’s symptoms. The test is performed using a pH catheter, which is inserted into the oesophagus through the nostril.
     
  • Anorectal manometry (pressure measurement), which is used to measure anal sphincter contractility and investigate bowel incontinence. It can also be used to determine the best treatment for a chronic anal fissure.

You will get the results from the physician who referred you to the test.


Instructions

1.

You need a doctor’s referral to undergo these gastrointestinal examinations. 

2.

When you have a referral, you can schedule an examination by calling 09 7750 800 or by directly contacting the medical centre where the examination will be performed.

3.

Before you undergo an endoscopic examination, please take the time to familiarize yourself with the preparation instructions you are given by a nurse when making your appointment.  

4.

To get the results, please make an appointment or telephone appointment with the physician who referred you for the examination.

Expenses

The prices of the different examinations vary. Indicative prices of the most common gastrointestinal examinations performed at Diacor are listed below. Any necessary biopsy analyses are billed separately. You do not need to pay an additional administrative fee when undergoing these examinations. 
Endoscopic examinations:
Gastroscopy starts from €432,70
Colonoscopy starts from €563,90
Sigmoidoscopy starts from €437,90
Rectoscopy starts from €221,60
Other gastrointestinal examinations:
Esophageal pH measurement starts from €450,50
Esophageal manometry starts from €501,90
Anorectal manometry starts from € 415,90

Medical centres

Itäkeskus

Tallinnanaukio 4 A
00930 Helsinki

Monday - Thursday 7.30-20
Friday 7.30-18
Saturday - Sunday 10-15
   
   
24.12. 7.30-13
25.-26.12 10-15
31.12. 10-15
1.1.17 10-15
6.1. 10-15

Ruoholahti

Porkkalankatu 22 A
00180 Helsinki

Monday - Thursday 7.30-20
Friday 7.30-18
   
   
23.12. 7.30-16
24.-26.12. Closed
5.1.17 7.30-18
6.1. Closed

Tapiola

Itätuulentie/-kuja 11, 3rd floor
02100 Espoo

Monday - Thursday  7.30-20
Friday 7.30-18
   
   
23.12. 7.30-16
24.-26.12. Suljettu
5.1.17 7.30-18
6.1. Suljettu

Experts

Airo Ilari

Gastroenterological Surgeon

Lic. Med., Specialist in Gastroenterology and Surgery. Gastroscopy, colonoscopy, hernias, gall bladder, gastrointestinal surgeries, anal disorders, rubber band ligations (RBL)

Ehrlich Anu

Gastroenterological Surgeon

Specialist in General Surgery and Gastroenterological Surgery. Gastrointestinal endoscopies (gastroscopies, colonoscopies), gastrointestinal surgical prodedures, gastrointestinal surgical procedures, pelvic floor disorders, proctological disorders (hemorrhoids, ulcers), gallstones, umbilical hernia, incisional hernia

Hillilä Markku

Gastroenterologist

MD, Specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Gastroscopy, colonoscopy, functional gastrointestinal disorders

Iivonen Mauri

Gastroenterological Surgeon, Surgeon

MD, Specialist in Surgery and Gastroenterological Surgery. Gastroscopy, colonoscopy, rubber band ligations (RBL), minor surgical procedures, hernia surgeries, gallstones

Kyhälä Lea

Gastroenterological Surgeon, Surgeon

Specialist in Gastroenterological Surgery. Inguinal hernia, umbilical hernia, ventral hernia, gallstones, endoscopic operations, sorting out stomach problems, gastroscopy, proctoscopy, rubber band ligations (RBL), anal fissures, minor surgical procedures   

Lupina Inna

Surgeon

Specialist in General Surgery. Gastroscopy, colonoscopy, hemorrhoids, rubber band ligations (RBL), transanal hemorrhoidal dearterialization (THD), HAL-RAR procedures, hemorrhoid surgery, hernia surgery, inguinal hernia, umbilical hernia, endoscopic surgery, incisional hernia repair, gallstones, gastrointestinal disorders

Nieminen Urpo

Gastroenterologist

MD, Docent of Gastroenterology, Specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Gastroenterology, hepatology, esophageal diseases, stomach diseases, intestinal diseases, infectious intestinal diseases (Colitis ulcerosa and Crohn's disease), liver diseases, acute and chronic hepatitis, virus diseases of the liver

Nissinen Markku

Gastroenterologist

MD, Docent in Internal Medicine, Specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Gastrointestinal diseases, gastrointestinal endoscopies

Nuutinen Hannu

Gastroenterologist

MD, Specialist in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. Gastroscopy, colonoscopy

Nylander Outi

Gastroenterological Surgeon

Specialist in Surgery and Gastroenterological Surgery. Gastrointestinal surgery, gastrointestinal endoscopies, hemorrhoids

Paavola-Sakki Paulina

Gastroenterologist, Internist, General Practitioner

MD, Specialist in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. Gastroscopy, colonoscopy, rubber band ligations (RBL), infectious intestinal diseases (diagnosis, follow-up and treatment)

Pakkastie Timo

Gastroenterological Surgeon, Surgeon

MD, Specialist in Surgery and Gastroenterological Surgery. Stomach, hemorrhoids, hernia, gastrointestinal endoscopies, gastroscopy, colonoscopy, minor surgical procedures

Puustinen Lauri

Gastroenterologist

Lic. Med., Specialist in Gastroenterology. Gastroscopy, colonoscopy, intestinal diseases, liver diseases, esophageal manometry

Rautiainen Henna

Gastroenterologist

MD, Specialist in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. Hepatopathy, stomach diseases, intestinal diseases

Ritvaniemi Pertti

Gastroenterological Surgeon, Surgeon

MD, Specialist in Surgery and Gastroenterological Surgery. Gastrointestinal endoscopies, gastroscopy, colonoscopy, hemorrhoid treatments, minor surgical procedures

Sipponen Taina

Gastroenterologist

MD, Specialist in Gastroenterology. Gastroscopy, colonoscopy

Åberg Fredrik

Gastroenterologist, General Practitioner

MD, Specialist in Gastroenterology. Gastroenterological disorders, hepatopathy, internal medicine, gastroscopy, colonoscopy