Gastroscopy is a procedure where a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope is used to look inside the oesophagus (gullet), stomach and first part of the small intestine (duodenum).
Gastroscopy specialist will use a
thin, flexible tube called an endoscope, which has its own lens and light source, and will view the images
on a video monitor. This is also referred to as upper GI endoscopy.
Gastroscopy helps your doctor evaluate various symptoms that include persistent upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or difficulty swallowing. It is an excellent test for finding and treating the cause of bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract. It is also more accurate than X-rays or barium tests for detecting inflammation, ulcers and tumors of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum.
Diagnostic Gastroscopy takes an average of 5 to 10 mins to complete.
Gastroscopy is a safe procedure and complications rarely occur during the procedure. Possible risks include respiratory depresDiagnostic gastroscopy takes an average of 5 to 10 mins to omplete.sion and respiratory arrest due to sedation (0.1% risk)
- You may feel bloated after the procedure, and air will be passed out when you start to move around. this will wear off after 2-3 days.
- Soft diet is recommended after the scope. If it is well tolerated, you can resume your normal diet.