What is an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy?

Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy  is also known as “gastroscopy”.

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”).

Day of the procedure

Important Information

Fasting Instructions

You will be requested to arrive at a specified time. Wear comfortable clothing.

Please bring the following:

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.

Consulting Locations

St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside
Or North West Private Hospital.

St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside

Level 1 (opposite the blue lifts) 627 Rode Road CHERMSIDE QLD 4032



North West Private Hospital

Suite H, Ramsay Place
137 Flockton Street Everton Park QLD 4053.