What is an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy?
Upper gastrointestional endoscopy (or “gastroscopy”) is a procedure that examines the oesophagus, stomach and first part of your small bowel called the duodenum. The endoscope is a thin flexible tube that is inserted into the mouth and gently manoeuvred down through the upper intestinal tract without discomfort.
Gastroscopy is performed to evaluate symptoms of heartburn, difficulties swallowing, upper abdominal pain or even gastrointestinal bleeding. It can detect ulcers, inflammation or tumours. It also provides an opportunity to sample the bowel (“biopsies”) as well as performing therapeutic procedures if required – such as treatment of bleeding areas, or stretching of narrowed areas (“dilatation”).
Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy is also known as “gastroscopy”.
Day of the procedure
- If your procedure is before midday, do not consume any food or fluid from midnight the day of your procedure
- If your procedure is after midday, please do not consume any food from midnight the day of your procedure. You may have clear fluids until 9AM – after this please DO NOT consume any more fluids.
You will be requested to arrive at a specified time. Wear comfortable clothing.
Please bring the following:
- Medicare card
- Private health fund
- Pension card, Veterans Affairs details (if applicable)
- Contact name and telephone number of the person taking you home
The procedure will take approximately 10-15 minutes. Please plan to be at the hospital for two to three hours. On arrival, you will meet the nursing staff and your Anaesthetist.