Gastroscopy is a procedure used to confirm or rule out the presence of illness including stomach ulcers and gastritis by looking at the upper gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, and upper part of the colon.
A long, thin, flexible tube with a small camera is passed into the patient’s mouth then the throat, and into the stomach. The procedure can also be used to remove tissue for testing (biopsy) and treat some conditions such as stomach ulcers.
The Need for a Gastroscopy
A gastroscopy can be performed to check the underlying cause of a person’s digestive symptoms, treat some conditions or check for cancer.
The cause of digestive symptoms
A gastroscopy can be done in order to determine what is causing one’s stomach issues, such as:
Occasionally, digestive system issues can also be treated with a gastroscopy. Gastroscopy benefits include:
Checking for cancer
Some forms of cancer can be screened for via a gastroscopy, including:
A little sample of tissue from one’s stomach or esophagus may be taken during a gastroscopy for testing, a process known as a biopsy. The tissue is then examined to find out if contains any cancerous cells.
Preparation for Gastroscopy
After a Gastroscopy
After the procedure, the patient will be moved to a recovery room. He/she should be able to go home as soon as he/she feels ok to do so. For a majority of patients, this will be within a few hours.