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Painless endoscopy in Vienna

Gastroscopy and colonoscopy performed on an outpatient basis with sedation.

If you are suffering from pain or uncomfortable symptoms and wish to undergo medical assessment or require an endoscopy (examination of the stomach and intestinal area) as part of a preventive examination:

At the Co-Ordination Private Practice, the specialized medical office for gastroenterology in Vienna, we take care of your concerns with a high level of professionalism and empathy.

We have a modern endoscopy unit, allowing us to offer you as a patient an outpatient gastroscopy, colonoscopy, or both in one examination according to your needs.

Our patients receive sedation for all endoscopic examinations, allowing you to literally sleep through the endoscopy and remain completely pain-free.

When you should consider undergoing an endoscopy

Common indications and symptoms for gastroenterological examinations

An endoscopy provides clarity and often marks the first step towards an effective therapy.

Furthermore, colonoscopy serves as an efficient preventive examination for the prevention of colorectal cancer.

Modern endoscopy with personal care

As highly specialized elective physicians, we comprehensively and meticulously address the symptoms, complaints, and concerns of our patients. We show appreciation to each individual patient and allocate sufficient time for your examination, consultation, and treatment, ensuring that you feel exceptionally well cared for at all times.

We take care of clarification and information, provide individual support, and offer you the best possible therapy for recovery:

We address your fears and concerns and provide you with detailed information about the procedure and individual steps well before your examination:

We specialize in endoscopy as a highly developed, safe and painless examination method:

We will actively support you in all further steps if treatment outside of our practice (e.g. in the hospital) is necessary:

Our team of doctors for endoscopy also includes highly experienced external specialists who, as an additional service for our patients, are utilized in coordination with our daily active doctors for examinations, and work closely with us.

Gentle colorectal cancer prevention of the highest quality.

From a specialist’s perspective, we attach particular importance to colorectal cancer prevention:

Colorectal cancer screening is recommended for men starting at the age of 45 and for women starting at the age of 50. If colorectal cancer has occurred in one’s own family, preventive measures ideally begin at an earlier age. According to statistics, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and the second most common cancer in women in Austria. Every year, approximately 2,500 men and 1,900 women in Austria are confronted with the diagnosis of colorectal cancer, and around 3,000 people succumb to it annually.

Through a preventive colonoscopy at the coordination center, it is possible to detect polyps (adenomas) early, which can subsequently lead to colorectal cancer. These are immediately removed during the same examination (polypectomy). This actively prevents the development of colorectal cancer.

Since several years may elapse from the appearance of a polyp to the development of colorectal cancer, preventive colonoscopy is a highly effective method for colorectal cancer prevention.

Read more details about optimal colorectal cancer prevention through preventive colonoscopy in our article “Colonoscopy for Prevention Saves Lives – But is Still Underutilized!”

We are happy to provide individual consultation for your personal colorectal cancer prevention.

Frequently Asked Questions from our patients

In an endoscopy, body cavities or organs are examined from the inside using an endoscope (e.g., gastroscopy, colonoscopy). An endoscope, in this context, is a flexible rubber tube or a metal tube equipped with a light source, lenses, and a camera. At the same time, it is possible to perform minor interventions during endoscopy, such as removing polyps, and taking tissue samples (biopsies). A modern endoscope produces images in high-resolution (Full HD) quality.

During gastroscopy, also known as an upper endoscopy, the upper part of the digestive tract, including the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first part of the small intestine), is examined using an endoscope. Through gastroscopy, it is possible to investigate the causes of existing symptoms, such as Helicobacter infection, gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

The gastrointestinal tract begins in the mouth, where food is broken down and mixed with saliva, and then transported through the esophagus to the stomach. In the stomach, the food is broken down further by gastric acid and enzymes. In the small intestine, the main digestion and absorption of nutrients takes place through the greatly enlarged intestinal mucosa. The large intestine absorbs water and forms stool while harboring a variety of bacteria that aid in digestion. Finally, the stool is stored in the rectum and excreted through the anus.

The 3 most common diseases that affect the stomach are:

1. gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining): An inflammation of the stomach lining that can be caused by various factors such as infections with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, an unhealthy diet, stress, smoking or alcohol. Gastroscopies are the most accurate way to diagnose gastritis and directly assess the condition of the gastric mucosa.

2. gastric ulcers: Gastric ulcers are open wounds or lesions that develop in the stomach lining or in the upper part of the small intestine (duodenum). The main causes of stomach ulcers can be: an infection with Helicobacter pylori, long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, stress and certain dietary habits. Gastroscopies are also an important diagnostic tool here.

3. duodenal ulcers: ulcers in the duodenum that are characterized by persistent pain and often occur at night when the patient is fasting. Gastroscopies and, in some cases, colonoscopies can help to diagnose these ulcers accurately.

The 3 most common diseases that affect the intestines are:

1. diarrhea: Chronic diarrhea (Crohn’s disease) can be caused by various factors such as intestinal diseases, food intolerances, metabolic diseases or cancer. Colonoscopies are often necessary to determine the exact cause.

2. colorectal cancer: The transformation of healthy intestinal cells into cancer cells often occurs via benign precursors, the so-called intestinal polyps. These can degenerate and transform into cancer cells. During screening colonoscopies, the benign precursors (intestinal polyps) are removed and their degeneration into cancer cells is prevented.

3. irritable bowel syndrome: Possible symptoms include abdominal pain, cramps, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation and mucus in the stool. There is no cure for IBS, but the symptoms can often be alleviated by a combination of measures. A precise diagnosis and an individually tailored treatment plan are crucial to improving the quality of life of those affected.

The focus in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases is on modern procedures that enable precise diagnosis and effective therapy.

As a patient, you arrive for the examination in a fasting state (drinking water is allowed up to one hour before the examination). Before the examination begins, there is an explanation about the procedure and sedation, along with a brief clarification of any remaining questions. Then, an access point is established, and Propofol is administered to induce sleep. Approximately 30 minutes after the examination, you can gradually wake up in a reclining chair in the recovery area, drink water, and have a light snack. Afterwards, the doctor will come to you and provide you with the written findings, which will be briefly discussed. If medications are necessary, you will be given a prescription. Around an hour after the examination, you will be fully alert again, but driving is not allowed. The samples taken during the gastroscopy are examined in the laboratory (biopsy), and the results are sent to the Co-Ordination within 7-10 days. The doctor translates the findings into layman’s terms and sends them to you via email or postal mail, according to your preference. For a detailed discussion of the findings, you can schedule a separate appointment upon request (30 minutes), which will be billed separately. Payment for all examinations is possible in cash or by card.

During a colonoscopy, the rectum, the entire colon, and the last portion of the small intestine (terminal ileum) are examined.

You should avoid a high-fiber diet 2-3 days prior the colonoscopy. That means raw fruits, raw vegetables, whole grains, and cereal should preferably not be consumed during this time. On the day before the examination, it is recommended to have only clear soup for lunch and nothing else thereafter.

After the examination, you can resume normal eating immediately.

For a colonoscopy, you need a 15-minute pre-discussion, either in person or over the phone, approximately one week before the examination. During this discussion, you will receive information about the procedure, its risks, and you will fill out a questionnaire regarding risk factors. You will receive a prescription and information regarding your bowel preparation. On the evening before the examination, you start with the bowel preparation. For this purpose, we use a convenient preparation where you need to consume less liquid compared to more common medications. From this point onward, you should not eat anything, but you can continue to drink fluids, including beer or coffee. Approximately 5 hours before the examination, you take the second part of the medication to ensure thorough bowel cleansing (failure to do so may require rescheduling the examination for another date). You arrive in a fasting state (drinking water is allowed up to one hour before your examination) and change into appropriate attire in a separate changing room, directly adjacent to the endoscopy room. Then, an access point is established, and Propofol is administered to induce sleep. The colon examination takes approximately 45 minutes, and any discovered polyps are removed immediately. Afterward, you are brought to the recovery area with a comfortable reclining chair, water, and snacks, where you can wake up comfortably. Meanwhile, the doctor attends to the next patient and then comes to you, handing over and briefly discussing the written findings. Samples (polyps) taken during the examination are analyzed in the laboratory. The results arrive at the coordination center within 7 to 10 days, are interpreted by your doctor, and you receive them in a format understandable for medical laypersons via post or email (according to your preference), along with a prescription if necessary. If you would like to discuss the findings in detail, please schedule a paid consultation for a comprehensive discussion (60 minutes). Payment for all appointments is made on-site in cash or by card. Approximately one hour after the examination, you are fully operational again. However, driving is not allowed.

Since you start drinking the wash-out solution in the afternoon on the day before the examination, you should be at home by around 6:00 PM.

As the examination is conducted under sedation, you may feel a bit tired afterward. It is advisable to take the day off on the day of the examination.

The presence of a trusted person is not necessary. Approximately one hour after your examination, you will be fit again and can resume your usual activities. However, driving is expressly prohibited.

Therefore, if you come by car, a companion is required.

For rectoscopy, there is no need for fasting or bowel preparation. You arrive at the practice approximately 45 minutes before the examination and then receive an enema. This cleanses the rectum for the examination. The doctor briefly discusses the procedure and possible risks. You change in a separate dressing room directly adjacent to the endoscopy room. At the beginning of the examination, an access is established, and Propofol is administered, so you fall asleep. The examination of the rectum takes about 30 minutes. Afterward, you will be brought to the recovery room, and you will gradually wake up in a comfortable leather recliner. The doctor then hands you your written report, which is briefly discussed. If you need medication, you will also receive a prescription.

If both examinations are performed together, you can expect the procedure to last approximately one hour. With the brief preparation (changing clothes, establishing access) and waking up, please plan around two hours for the entire process.

Prepare for the examination conscientiously based on the information provided during the pre-examination discussion. Attend your appointment punctually.

All consumables are single-use items and are therefore not cleaned but disposed of after use.

The endoscopes themselves are washed and disinfected in a special machine after use.

Theoretically, sedation is not necessary for a colonoscopy, and in the past, it was generally performed without it. However, without sedation, colonoscopy can be very painful and uncomfortable, which is why many patients used to be quite fearful of it.
In today’s common practice of gentle endoscopy with sedation, this fear is completely unfounded, as the examination is neither perceived as uncomfortable nor painful.

Yes, of course! Both examinations can also be performed in one session. Usually, the gastroscopy is performed first, followed by the colonoscopy.

The Co-Ordination is a private practice with specialized doctors from various fields Health insurance providers do not cover all costs for patients attending a private practice, so you may need to bear a portion of the expenses unless they are covered by private supplementary insurance.

Call us, and we will schedule the necessary appointments directly over the phone. Two days before the appointments, you will receive a reminder from us.

Examination costs at the Co-Ordination Private Practice Center.

You can find further information about our examination costs here.

What our patients say

Kind, empathetic, and highly competent.
Kind, empathetic, and highly competent.
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A few weeks ago, I underwent an upper endoscopy for my reflux symptoms with Dr. Ulbrich. The examination went smoothly, was conducted with utmost professionalism, and to my complete satisfaction. Immediately after the examination, Dr. Ulbrich explained the preliminary results to me. For the discussion of the final findings a few days later, he also took more than half an hour, explaining to me in an understandable and open manner the health conditions present in my case. Thanks to his professional expertise, I have finally found the right treatment for myself. Due to his friendly, competent, and empathetic nature, I can highly recommend Dr. Ulbrich to you.
Great overall package - 100% recommendation.
Great overall package - 100% recommendation.
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Starting from the appointment scheduling, the reception at the practice, and subsequently the discussions/treatment with Dr. Ulbrich, everything is 100% recommendable. I had never had so much trust in a doctor before, like with Dr. Ulbrich. The pre-colonoscopy consultation was clear, and all my questions were answered to my fullest satisfaction. The appointment for the colonoscopy was arranged very quickly, the examination was extremely professional, and in no way uncomfortable. Dr. Ulbrich explained the preliminary results immediately after the examination, and the final report with explanations was sent to me via email. If necessary, I will certainly visit Co-Ordination or Dr. Ulbrich again.
Trust and confidence during the examination
Trust and confidence during the examination
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I had my first appointment on October 6, 2022, with Senior Physician Dr. Ulbrich for a preventive examination of the gastro and colon. In this initial contact, I was able to address my fears and express the desire to have the examination done in a way that suits my comfort. Especially to not be aware of anything, and most importantly, to be able to fall asleep immediately. Furthermore, in the patient education discussion, I was able to build security and trust. The promise to fall asleep before the examination was completely fulfilled, and I woke up relaxed. I would like to share my experience as a source of comfort for other patients as well. Subsequently Dr. Ulbrich took the time for a detailed discussion of the findings. With his professionally competent knowledge and calm demeanor, I felt well taken care of. A big THANK YOU.
Very competent and prompt treatment/advice.
Very competent and prompt treatment/advice.
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I came across Dr. Ulbrich on the internet, was looking for someone who is knowledgeable about iron deficiency. It was pleasant that the initial contact was through email, with the laboratory referral and discussion of results all done via email, which was convenient and time-saving. The iron infusion was done quickly and competently. Follow-up was also conducted via email, including laboratory referrals and discussion of results through email. Even in personal interactions, Dr. Ulrich made a friendly and competent impression. Anytime again!
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