GASTROSCOpy

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What is "Gastroscopy"?

Gastroscopy, also known as an upper endoscopy, is the examination of the upper part of the digestive tract - the oesophagus (gullet), the stomach and the duodenum. The instrument used is a gastroscope - a long flexible tube about 8-10 mm in diameter with a light and camera at the end which relays images to a TV screen. It is also possible to insert an instrument through the gastroscope to take biopsies to test for various conditions such as Coeliac disease.

How are you prepared ?

The basic preparation for gastroscopy simply involves fasting for 4-6 hours before the procedure. Your doctor will advise you how to manage specific medications you usually take. You will be given a sedative through a vein in the arm before the procedure to make you sleepy and comfortable. You will have no memory of the procedure. Since sedation is involved, you are advised not to drive a vehicle, operate machinery or make important decisions for at least 12 hours after the procedure.

Why do you need a gastroscopy?

Your GP may recommend gastroscopy for a variety of reasons. For example, you may have been experiencing reflux, upper abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing, to check for ulcers or growths, to remove a foreign object, or you may require a tissue biopsy to test for Coeliac disease