Gastroscopy

What is a Gastroscopy?

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A Gastroscopy is an upper endoscopy. This gastroscopy procedure enables your doctor to examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract, i.e. the oesophagus (swallowing tube), stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine) for any abnormalities more accurately than x-ray.
Some people may know a gastroscopy procedure as “the camera down the throat” and there are a range of myths and misconceptions that can be heard regarding this procedure. To clear up a common one – The process also includes the administration of a light anaesthetic so that you can remain relaxed throughout the procedure. This is a modern medical examination that is performed with great care and minimal risks. The procedure itself does not interfere with your breathing and the recovery period following the gastroscopy is brief and undertaken in our recovery room. Our facilities and methods are designed to ensure the maximum level of comfort possible.

Why is a gastroscopy performed?
A gastroscopy procedure is a diagnostic method that has been developed to a very sophisticated level. When performed by one of our specialists, this examination can reveal vital information to help our patients achieve optimal digestive health. We recommend a gastroscopy to patients experiencing symptoms such as persistent upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or difficulty swallowing. It is also the best test for finding the cause of bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract.
Upper endoscopy is usually more accurate than x-rays for detecting inflammation, ulcers or tumours of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum.  The great advantage of this procedure is that it can detect early cancer and can distinguish between benign and malignant (cancer) conditions by performing biopsies (taking small tissue samples) of suspicious areas. Biopsies are taken for many reasons and do not necessarily mean that cancer is suspected. In many cases, the doctor is able to inform patients of their gastroscopy results on the day of the procedure; however certain biopsy and test results take several days to arrive.
If narrowed areas are found, these may be treated by stretching up with a dilator passed down the endoscope. If small growths (polyps) are found, these may be removed during the procedure.
For more detailed information, download our  Gastroscopy Brochure