Gastroscopy (Upper Endoscopy)
Gastroscopies are procedures which allow for examination of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper small intestine). The procedure is performed under a sedation anaesthetic and involves the insertion of an endoscope, a thin, flexible tube with its own inbuilt video camera, lens and light source, into the mouth.
Gastroscopies are usually performed to evaluate symptoms of persistent upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or difficulty swallowing. They are also the best test for finding the cause of upper gastrointestinal bleeding, and are the most accurate means of detecting inflammation and ulcers of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum.
Biopsies can also be taken during gastroscopy; these can allow for the early detection of conditions such as gastric cancers. Additionally, a variety of instruments can be passed through the endoscope which allows abnormalities to be treated directly; i.e. stretching narrowing in the oesophagus, removing polyps or treating upper gastrointestinal bleeding.
For legal reasons you must not drive a vehicle or operate machinery until the day after your procedure, but preferably not for 24 hours following your sedation anaesthetic. Driving under the influence of sedation carries the same implications as with alcohol. You must have a responsible adult to collect you from day surgery, drive you home and care for you for at least 12 hours post procedure.
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