What is Gastroscopy?
Gastroscopy is an investigation of the oesophagus and stomach from the mouth through to the start of the small intestine. This uses a tiny camera mounted at the end of a thin, flexible tube. It makes detection of conditions associated with stomach cancer much easier, such as inflammation and ulcers, as well as bacteria that increase the risk of stomach cancer.
Should I go for Gastroscopy?
A gastroscopy is recommended if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Pain in the upper abdomen
- Recurring heartburn
- Recurring vomiting
- Any other discomfort thought to be coming from the upper gut
- You are above 40 years of age with a family history of cancer/stomach ailments.
Why is a regular Gastroscopy important?
It is important because early cancer has no symptoms or minimal discomfort. Early detection of ulcers and
cancer increases the chances of a full recovery. Prevention is always better than cure.
What to expect?
Before the scope
- Stop any prescription of aspirin or other blood thinning medications with a doctors advice.
- Fasting from food and drinks a few hours before the procedure.
On the day of the scope
- The procedure can be done as a day surgery.
- Local anaesthesia is applied to numb the back of your throat.
- You will be sedated during the painless procedure, which takes less than 10 minutes.
After the scope
- It will take about an hour for you to be fully awake.
- You will be allowed to eat after the scope.
- Please make sure that a next-of-kin/friend accompanies you home.
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