Upper GI Endoscopy / Gastroscopy

An endoscopy allows a doctor, with the help of an endoscope, to examine the upper gastro intestinal tract which consists of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum (1st part of the small intestine).

What is an Endoscope?
Why have a Gastroscopy?
Instructions to follow before Upper GI Endoscopy
During the procedure

You are given a sedative through an intravenous line. Please indicate in advance if you prefer not to have a sedative during the procedure. An Anaesthetist will be present during the procedure for a better and safer experience of the procedure. This is provided at an extra cost that might not be covered by your medical fund. Please indicate if you prefer not to have the services of the Anaesthetist.

You then swallow the endoscope. This is thinner than most foodstuffs you swallow. It will not affect your breathing and the medication helps to stop you from gagging. Air is also inserted to expand your GI tract.

The air may cause burping later.

After the procedure is done, you will rest for a few minutes in hospital/room. An adult must drive you home.

Biopsy results may take a few days.

When to call your doctor?