A 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).
A gastroscopy used to check symptoms or confirm a diagnosis is known as a diagnostic gastroscopy. A gastroscopy used to treat a condition is known as a therapeutic gastroscopy.
Dr Chandra Puli has performed few thousand endoscopies over 13years of his Gastroenterology experience with great success as assessed by JAG Quality and Safety Assessment.
A gastroscopy is a outpatient day case procedure and it takes less than 15 minutes, although it might be longer if there is a treatment required.
Before we start the procedure, a numbing local Anasthetic spray is used to numb the back of your throat and you lie in a left lateral position, you can also choose to have a sedative, this gives an amnesia effect to avoid the distress.
The doctor carrying out the procedure will place the endoscope in the back of your mouth and ask you to swallow the first part of the tube. It will then be guided down your oesophagus and into your stomach.
The procedure shouldn’t be painful, but it may be unpleasant or uncomfortable at times.
A gastroscopy is a very safe procedure, but like all medical procedures it does carry a risk of complications. Possible complications that can occur include:
A gastroscopy is also used to help confirm (or rule out) suspected conditions, such as: