Gastroscopy is a simple test that allows our doctors to view inside your oesophagus, stomach, and small intestine, and is effective for evaluating symptoms such as upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, reflux, difficulty swallowing or weight loss.After a light anaesthetic is given, a small camera inserted through the mouth with images viewed on a video screen – a far more accurate method than x-ray for detecting inflammation, ulcers, or early cancer.
You will be asleep for a short period of time and will not be aware of the procedure.
Being a safe and precise way of investigating the upper gastro-intestinal tract, Gastroscopy is also used to treat certain conditions, preventing the need for surgery. Strictures (narrowings) can be stretched, polyps can be removed, bleeding lesions can be stopped or prevented, and biopsies can be obtained if a tumour or infection is suspected.
To ensure the safe and effective practice of Gastroscopy, specific preparation of your digestive system is required. If you’ve booked with Direct Endoscopy, please click on the link below and carefully read the preparation information.
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