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Upper GI endoscopy gastroscopy

An Upper GI endoscopy (gastroscopy) is a procedure to look at the inside of the oesophagus (gullet), stomach and duodenum. Visit our website for more info.

What is an upper GI endoscopy?

A gastroscopy is a procedure to look at the inside of the oesophagus (gullet), stomach and duodenum using a thin flexible tube with a light and camera at the end of it.

Are there any alternatives to an upper GI endoscopy?

A barium meal is an x-ray test of the upper digestive system but this is rarely used now. A urea breath test can be used to detect a bacteria (helicobacter pylori) that can cause stomach ulcers. However, a gastroscopy is the gold standard test that can see the lining and also take biopsies at the same time if required.

What does the procedure involve?

The majority of patients will be offered a local anaesthetic throat spray for the procedure. If appropriate, the endoscopist may offer you a sedative to help you relax, but this will be discussed with you along with any risks.

The procedure very rarely takes longer than 5 minutes and involves passing the tube over the back of your tongue down into your stomach and duodenum which is the first part of your bowel. The procedure should not be painful but may be a bit uncomfortable.

The endoscopist will be able to look for problems in these organs such as inflammation or ulcers.

They will be able to perform biopsies and take photographs to help make the diagnosis.

What complications can happen?

Although rare, complications can happen. Your endoscopist will explain these to you. Complications can include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Breathing difficulties or heart irregularities
  • Making a hole in the oesophagus, stomach or duodenum
  • Damage to teeth or bridgework
  • Bleeding
  • Incomplete procedure

How soon will I recover?

You may have a bit of a sore throat and feel a bit bloated for a few hours but this will pass.

A member of the team will tell you what was found during the endoscopy and will discuss with you any treatment or follow-up you need.

If you have not had sedation you should be able to go back to work the day after the endoscopy.

It is important to remember that if you have had sedation then this is in your system for at least 24 hours, so you will be advised to not doing anything for this time and someone must be with you.

Summary

An upper GI endoscopy is a safe and effective way of finding out if you have a problem with the upper part of your digestive system.

Paying for your procedure

Upper GI endoscopy costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the procedure will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the procedure. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.

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Specialists Offering Upper GI endoscopy (gastroscopy)

Dr Arun Rajendran

Consultant Gastroenterologist

MBBS, MRCP, MD, FHEA

BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Mr Nitin Modi

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS, MS Orthopaedics FRCS (T&O), MS Orthopaedics, MRCS, FCPS Orthopaedics, Diploma Orthopaedics

BMI St Edmunds Hospital

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Mr Achal Khanna

Consultant General, Laparoscopic and benign Upper GI Surgeon

BMedSci BMBS, MPhil FRCS Eng (Gen)

BMI The Saxon Clinic

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Dr Nadeem Afzal

Consultant Paediatrician & Gastroenterologist

MD, MBBS, MRCP, MRCPCH

BMI The Hampshire Clinic

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Dr Devinder Bansi

Consultant Gastroenterologist

BM, DM, FRCP

BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital 1 more BMI Syon Clinic

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