Gastroscopy

Specialist diagnosis of gastroenterological conditions with testing via gastroscopy

Endoscopy is the term used to describe a medical procedure that uses a fine flexible tube, called an endoscope, which houses a light and camera in its tip. It is used to explore parts of the human body.

Gastroscopy is one such form of endoscopy and is one of the main procedures to look inside the oesophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum.

About gastroscopy

  • There are principally two types of gastroscopy
    • A gastroscopy used for diagnosis, referred to as a diagnostic gastroscopy
    • A gastroscopy used for treatment, referred to as a therapeutic gastroscopy
  • The procedure shouldn’t be painful, but it may be uncomfortable at times.
  • Gastroscopy is generally a very safe procedure, but like all medical procedures it does carry a small risk of complications.
  • Risks include internal bleeding, perforation of the lining of your oesophagus, stomach or duodeum, or a reaction to any sedative given.
  • Serious complications are rare.

Why would a gastroscopy be needed?

A gastroscopy can be used to help with diagnosis if you have been experiencing any key symptoms of the stomach, or upper digestive system. It can also be used in the treatment of conditions.

Symptoms for diagnosis

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Acid reflux or GORD
  • To look for stomach ulcers

Conditions for treatment

  • Treatment of stomach ulcers, including bleeding ulcers
  • Treatment of blockages in the oesophagus
  • Treatment of polyps, non-cancerous growths
  • Treatment of small cancerous tumours

What to expect from a gastroscopy procedures

It is always reassuring to know what to expect from an examination before you actually go. A specialist consultant will prepare you in advance and answer any questions.

Useful information

  • A gastroscopy is usually performed as a day case procedure, which means there isn’t the need to spend the night in hospital.
  • Before the procedure, a local anaesthetic spray is used to numb the throat.
  • There is the option for a sedative, if preferred. A sedative causes reduced awareness, yet you remain awake, but drowsy.
  • The doctor will place the endoscope in the back of your mouth and ask you to swallow the first part of the tube. They will then be guide the tube down the oesophagus and into the stomach.

Book to see a specialist

For many years patients have been coming to Dr Anton Bungay for endoscopy examinations and expert advice and diagnosis on a range of gastroenterological conditions.

Feel reassured that you are not alone and that specialist help is available.

dr-anton-bungay

How it works

  1. Arrange an appointment at the practice most convenient for you
  2. Dr Anton Bungay will carry out a thorough examination followed by expert advice on your symptoms
  3. If further testing is required this will be explained to you so you are always fully aware of the next steps
  4. After care is available if you have any questions following the consultation.