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Gastroenterology and hepatology

Area of medical practice that treats health conditions involving the digestive organs, including the liver

Procedures:

Abdominal lipectomy (abdominoplasty)

Surgery to remove loose skin and fat (abdominoplasty/tummy tuck/lipectomy) from the lower abdomen after a lot of weight loss for medical purposes only. The specialist may also fix muscle layers.

Colonoscopy

A procedure using a specialised tube to look inside the large intestine. The specialist might remove polyps. They might also take a tissue sample for testing (biopsy).

Gastric band

Surgery where a band is placed around the top of the stomach to help with weight loss in a person with severe obesity.

Gastric bypass

Surgery to reduce the size of the stomach to help with weight loss in a person with severe obesity.

Rubber band ligation/haemorrhoids

A procedure to treat haemorrhoids. A small rubber band is tied around the area to cut off blood supply (ligation). The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

Sleeve gastrectomy (partial stomach removal)

Surgery to remove part of the stomach to help with weight loss in a person with severe obesity.

Services:

Diagnostic procedures and investigations
MBS item 11800

A procedure to check if the food pipe is working properly (oesophageal motility).

MBS item 11810

A procedure to assess stomach reflux (gastro oesophageal reflux disease) over a 24 hour period.

MBS item 11820

A procedure where the patient swallows a capsule with a small camera inside. This is to take pictures inside the digestive tract (capsule endoscopy). A specialist will use this to learn more about bleeding inside the small intestine (obscure gastrointestinal bleeding).

MBS item 12533

A test by a specialist to check if a certain bacteria (Helicobacter pylori) is living in the stomach. The test measures chemicals in the breath.

Professional attendances
Follow-up appointment for complex disorder

A follow-up appointment with a consultant physician to review ongoing care for a complex disorder. The appointment is 20 minutes or longer.

Follow-up consultant physician appointment

A follow-up appointment with a consultant physician. The consultant physician will look at a specific condition and/or provide a course of treatment. The appointment is at their rooms.

Initial appointment for complex disorder

The first appointment with a consultant physician to assess and plan care for a complex disorder. The appointment is 45 minutes or longer.

Initial consultant physician appointment

The first appointment with a consultant physician. The consultant physician will look at a specific condition and/or provide a course of treatment. The appointment is at their rooms.

MBS item 00820

A specialist coordinates a meeting with at least 3 other care providers. They all provide different types of care. The meeting is between 15 and 30 minutes.

MBS item 00825

A specialist attends a meeting with at least 2 other care providers. They all provide different types of care. The meeting is between 15 and 30 minutes.

MBS item 00872

A meeting with a GP or specialist and at least 4 medical professionals and allied health providers. The meeting is to develop a treatment plan for a person with cancer, and is 10 minutes or longer.

MBS item 91824

The first appointment with a consultant physician for a specific condition and/or course of treatment (who is not a psychiatrist). The appointment is by telehealth and is longer than 5 minutes.

MBS item 91825

A follow up appointment with a consultant physician (who is not a psychiatrist). The appointment is by telehealth and is longer than 5 minutes.

MBS item 91834

The first appointment with a consultant physician for a specific condition and/or course of treatment (who is not a psychiatrist). The appointment is by telehealth and is longer than 5 minutes.

MBS item 91835

A follow up appointment with a consultant physician (who is not a psychiatrist). The appointment is by telehealth and is longer than 5 minutes.

MBS item 91836

A follow up appointment (minor) with a consultant physician (who is not a psychiatrist). The appointment is by telehealth and is longer than 5 minutes

MBS item 92422

The first appointment with a consultant physician (who is not a psychiatrist) using telehealth. This is to assess a patient with at least two long-term health conditions. The appointment is 45 minutes or longer.

MBS item 92423

An appointment with a consultant physician (who is not a psychiatrist) using telehealth. This is to follow up on a patient with at least two long-term health conditions. The appointment is 20 minutes or longer.

MBS item 92431

The first appointment with a consultant physician (who is not a psychiatrist) using a telehealth. This is to assess a patient with at least two long-term health conditions. The appointment is 45 minutes or longer.

MBS item 92432

An appointment with a consultant physician (who is not a psychiatrist) using a telehealth. This is to follow up a patient with at least two long-term health conditions. The appointment is 20 minutes or longer.

Therapeutic procedures
Rubber band ligation/haemorrhoids

A procedure to treat haemorrhoids. A small rubber band is tied around the area to cut off blood supply (ligation). The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

MBS item 13706

A transfusion of blood or bone marrow.

MBS item 14245

An infusion into a vein (intravenous, IV) of a medication which helps the immune system (immunomodulating agent).

MBS item 30406

Surgery to remove fluid from the abdomen (paracentesis).

MBS item 30483

A procedure to insert or replace one of the following devices: a gastrostomy button to attach a feeding tube, a CHAIT device to assist bowel washout, or a stomal indwelling device to stop leaks of urine. The patient is over 10 years old.

MBS item 30680

A procedure where a specialised tube with a camera and balloon at the end (balloon enteroscopy) is inserted via the mouth to look at the small bowel for unexplained bleeding. A sample of the tissue may be taken for further testing (biopsy).

MBS item 30684

A procedure where a specialised tube with a camera and balloon at the end (balloon enteroscopy) is inserted via the mouth to look at the small bowel for unexplained bleeding. One or more procedures may be completed (polypectomy, removal of a foreign body, heater probe, laser coagulation).

MBS item 30694

A procedure using a thin tube to take an ultrasound scan (endoscopic ultrasound) to investigate cancer in the pancreas, gallbladder or lining of the stomach. A needle may be used to take a sample of cells and fluid (fine needle aspiration).