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Overview: Gastroscopy is a procedure that helps in dealing with physical conditions in your upper digestive system. It is also called as upper gastrointestinal endoscopy.
A gastroscopy is done to efficiently treat upper digestive physical conditions that may not be resolved with medication or non surgical methods.
You may undergo a gastroscopy if you have prominent symptoms for conditions like-
Your gastroenterologist will ask you about all the medications that you are taking. Any previous medicine that may encounter risks will need to be stopped. These can be medication for-
You will need to stop any digestive medication 2 weeks before the gastroscopy. These medicines will hide the severity of the affected area. The gastroenterologist will also ask you to-
Your doctor will request you to remove the following before the gastroscopy
A spray may be applied to the throat to numb it, and it is important that any dentures or plates are removed.
Doctors will gently insert the gastroscope through your mouth and into the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper part of the small bowel).
The test usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes. Any discomfort at the back of the throat is minimised by using the throat spray and sedative injection, and is helped by calm deep gentle breathing during the test.
Your gastroenterologist will always ensure gastroscopy is safe. Yet, there can be a few things you should be careful about. The possible complications associated with gastroscopy include-
The possible side effects involved with endoscopy include-
Alwaysinform your doctor immediately if you experience any of the symptoms above.Learn Less
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