endoscopy singapore

Somerset Endoscopy Centre (Singapore)

Our Endoscopy screening services in Singapore

include Oesophago-Gastro-Duodenoscopy (Gastroscopy) and Colonoscopy.

Colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of death in Singapore and all over the world. Early screening, detection and treatment of colorectal cancer is of paramount importance for patients’ survival. We aim to provide cost-effective and efficient screening for your comfort.

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a type of bacteria that can enter your body and live in your digestive tract like your stomach and after many years, it can cause stomach ulcers and can even lead to stomach cancer. Therefore, gastroscopy can be used to screen for underlying H. pylori infections, stomach ulcer, inflammation or cancer. 

Endoscopy, Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy screening procedures are all performed by our Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist.

Dr Jaideep Raj Rao
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Dr Jaideep Raj Rao is a visiting Senior General Surgeon to Somerset Endoscopy Centre and Somerset Imaging Centre. He performed the earliest robotic gastrectomy and oesophagectomy in Singapore and Southeast Asia. He started the bariatric surgery programme at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

  • His areas of interest are in minimal access and robotic surgery, bariatric and metabolic surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, oncology surgery, and hernia and complex abdominal wall reconstruction (hernia repair surgery).

  • Dr Rao was formerly a senior consultant and head of upper gastrointestinal, bariatric and minimal access surgery at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). He started the bariatric surgery programme at TTSH and became director of the programme for 10 years before going into private practice. He has been practising medicine for more than 20 years.

  • He completed his basic and advanced surgical training in TTSH and Singapore General Hospital. He was awarded the Health Manpower Development Plan fellowship by the Ministry of Health, Singapore in 2007 in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery. He then completed his fellowship at Seoul National University Hospital and Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, South Korea in 2008.

  • Dr Rao is also a founding member and former president of the Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society of Singapore; president of the Singapore Hernia Society; member of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders; board of governors of the Endoscopic & Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia; and executive council member of the Asia Pacific Hernia Society and Robotic Surgery Society of Singapore. He is an international honorary member of the Korean Laparoscopic Surgical Society and Korean laparoscopic gastric cancer working group, Chilean Surgical Society and Peruvian Surgical Society.

  • He is actively involved in clinical research and has several publications in peer-reviewed journals. He was also involved in teaching and was a core faculty of the surgical residency programme in Singapore. In addition, he was a clinical teacher at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.

  • He has received several awards including the Excellent Service Award in 2005.

  • Dr Rao is on the editorial review board for the Asian Journal of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgery, International Journal of Abdominal Wall and Hernia Surgery, and Hernia (Asia Chapter).

When would you need an Endoscopy?

If you’re suffering from these common digestive symptoms, please seek further assessment: 

  • Heartburn

  • Acid reflux 

  • Persistent vomiting and nausea 

  • Blood in stools

  • Persistent diarrhea or constipation

The above are several situations where seeing a gastroenterologist for assessment and a  gastroscopy or colonoscopy would help with early detection or diagnosis of digestive diseases. 
 
Endoscopy can detect problems with: 
 

  • Oesophagus and stomach

  • Duodenum, jenunum and ileum 

  • Colon and rectum

Our gastroenterologist will do a comprehensive assessment of your condition, symptoms, and concerns to recommend suitable screening and tests to give you a peace of mind. 

Patient FAQs about Endoscopy

How can I prepare before the gastroscopy/colonoscopy? 

  • Fasting at least 6 hours before procedure.  

  • In order to have a good assessment of the large intestine, it is important to follow the instructions provided for bowel preparation properly.

 
What complications can occur during the screening? 

  • Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy are generally safe procedures. All the risk of complications are less than 1%. 

 
What if the screening detects abnormalities with my digestive tract? 

  • If the screening detects abnormalities with digestive tract, our doctor might order some others test to confirm the problems and give treatment accordingly.  

 
How long will the screening take? 

  • The screening for Gastroscopy normally will take 10 – 15 minutes.

  • The screening for Colonoscopy normally will take 30 – 45 minutes.

Screening Options

Standard 

  • Gastroscopy and/or Colonoscopy  

  • Gastroclear miRNA markers 

 
Executive 

  • Gastroscopy and/or Colonoscopy  

  • Gastroclear miRNA markers 

  • Either of the following depending on the clinical needs 

  1. Ultrasound abdomen and/or Ultrasound Pelvis 

  2. MRI Abdomen and/or MRI Pelvis 

  3. CT Abdomen and/or CT Pelvis 

  • MRI Liver Fat Quantification 

Check out our Screening packages including Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy.