A gastroscopy (also known as an endoscopy) is a procedure in which a thin tube with a camera is used to look inside the oesophagus, stomach and small intestine. The camera allows Dr Noorbhai to see images of the gastrointestinal organs on a screen.
A gastroscopy is usually done using a local anaesthetic spray to numb the throat before inserting the tube. It is a relatively quick procedure and may take roughly 15 minutes, but may also be done under anaesthesia depending on the reason for the gastroscopy.
You will be asked by Dr. Noorbhai to lie on your side for the procedure. An endoscope, which is a narrow tube with a camera, will then be inserted through your throat and you will be asked to swallow to allow it to move down the oesophagus. While the tube is moved through the gastrointestinal system, he will be able to diagnose and treat you accurately. This procedure may be uncomfortable but only takes a few minutes to complete.
A gastroscopy is usually recommended if you are suffering from symptoms that suggest a gastrointestinal condition. This procedure allows your doctor to diagnose better and treat the condition you are suffering from. It may be used to investigate issues with swallowing, investigate the cause of stomach pain and diagnose gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD). Additionally, gastroscopies can be used to treat ulcers, blockages, growths and tumours. A gastroscopy is also used when doctors suspect cancer in the stomach or oesophagus.
Most gastroscopies are done within 15 minutes while you are conscious, however, if for some reason you are put under anaesthetic, this may mean you will have to be kept for observation a few hours after you wake up. How soon you will be discharged from hospital depends on whether you are able to drink liquids when waking up, how much pain you have and whether you have someone to look after you at home.
The risk of complications is very low, however, the following complications can occur: