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Gastroscopy

What is a gastroscopy?

A gastroscopy is a test that allows your specialist (doctor) to look at the lining of your gut (upper digestive tract) to see if there are any abnormalities or disease. This is done using a soft, bendable tube called an endoscope. The endoscope has a camera and light on the end. Your specialist will pass the endoscope into your mouth, down the food pipe (oesophagus) to your stomach and first part of the small intestine (duodenum). Pictures of the inside of your gut will then be seen on a video screen.
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Why would I need a gastroscopy?

Your specialist may recommend this test if you have symptoms such as:

  • Repeated/recurring indigestion
  • Repeated/recurring heartburn
  • Repeatedly vomiting 
  • Pain in your upper abdomen
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Other symptoms thought to be coming from the gut

An endoscopy can be used to see if you have:

  • Redness on the lining of the oesophagus
  • Ulcers in your stomach or small intestine
  • Inflammation of the stomach (gastritis) or small intestine (duodenitis)
  • Stomach or duodenal cancer
  • Other rare conditions.
 

 

  Having a Gastroscopy?

   The journey explained, from consultation to follow up in
   a short video below.

What happens during a gastroscopy?

You can stay in your own clothing and your nurse will take you to the room where you will have the gastroscopy. To help you relax and be as comfortable as possible, the back of your throat will be sprayed with a local anaesthetic. You may be given a sedative as an injection through a vein in your hand. The medicine may make you feel sleepy and afterwards you might not remember having the test.

You will be asked to lie on your side and put a plastic mouth guard between your teeth. This protects your teeth and stops you biting the endoscope. Your specialist will ask you to swallow the first part of the endoscope. Your specialist will pass the endoscope gently down your food pipe, into your stomach and the first part of the intestine. Your specialist watches the video screen for anything unusual. Gas is passed down a channel in the endoscope into the stomach to make the stomach lining easier to see. This may make you feel full and want to belch.

Your specialist may pass an instrument through the endoscope and take a very small piece of the gut lining (biopsy). This should not be painful. The biopsy can be looked at under a microscope to identify many conditions and your specialist may take a biopsy even if cancer is not thought to be the problem. The endoscope is then gently pulled out.

A gastroscopy takes about 10 minutes. (It can be uncomfortable but it is not usually painful).

 

After having the procedure

If you have had sedation you must be taken home by a responsible friend or family member and be cared for that day and night, or have someone on hand in case of any problems.

For at least 12 hours after sedation you must not:

  • Drive a car or motorcycle (this is against the law)
  • Operate machinery
  • Make any important decisions or sign any legal contracts (the medicine used may temporarily reduce your understanding/impair judgment)
  • Drink any alcohol or take sleeping tablets.



Will I need to stay overnight at the hospital?


A gastroscopy is a day-stay procedure, which means you can go home after the test. You must be taken home by a responsible friend or family member and be cared for that day and night, or have someone on hand in case of problems.

For more information on what to expect before and after your gastroscopy, please click on the links below to download our information pamphlets.

Below are the Specialists Who You Can Book for this Procedure

Dr Janet Ansell

Dr Janet Ansell

Colorectal and General Surgeon

MA, MB, BChir, MChir, FRCS, FRACS

Janet specialises in colonoscopy and the management of all colorectal conditions, including colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, anorectal and pelvic floor disorders. Janet’s expertise is in assessing these bowel conditions, and treating her patients with expert care and judgement.

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Mr Adrian Claydon

Mr Adrian Claydon

Physician and Gastroenterologist

MBChB, FRCP, FRACP

Adrian treats all aspects of gastrointestinal diseases, having a special interest in nutrition and capsule endoscopy. He places an emphasis on providing his patients with a clear understanding of their condition so they can make decisions about their own health management.

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Mr Robert Cunliffe

Mr Robert Cunliffe

Gastroenterologist and Internal Medicine

BSc, BM BCh, DM, FRCP, FRACP

Robert looks after patients with all types of gastrointestinal disorders, and also performs endoscopy, colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy. He has undertaken advanced training in colonoscopy and has a particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease.

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Mr Avi Kumar

Mr Avi Kumar

Specialist General & Lapro-Endoscopic Surgeon

DSM, FRACS

Avi is a specialist general surgeon with a particular interest in treating his patients’ bowel, endocrine and hernia problems with minimally invasive lapro-endoscopic surgery. He has a special focus on developing and refining effective techniques to reduce patient trauma and speed up recovery.

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Mr Mark Omundsen

Mr Mark Omundsen

General Colorectal and Endoscopic Surgeon

MBChB, FRACS

Mark is an exponent of minimally invasive approaches such as laparoscopic and single incision laparoscopic surgical techniques in the management of colorectal diseases, abdominal wall hernia and gallbladder pathology.

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Mr Jeremy Rossaak

Mr Jeremy Rossaak

General and Endoscopic Surgeon

MBChB, PhD, FRACS

Jeremy Rossaak is a General Surgeon specialising in endoscopy and laparoscopy, and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland. One of his concerns is that his patients have all the information they need to make the right decisions about their treatment.

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Mr Barnaby Smith

Mr Barnaby Smith

General and Endoscopic Surgeon

MBChB, FRACS

Barnaby Smith is a general, laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeon with sub-specialist interest in upper gastrointestinal conditions, melanoma, laparoscopy, and hernia repairs. He prefers to use minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopy to improve the outcome for his patients.

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Mr Sunny Veerappan

Mr Sunny Veerappan

Gastroenterologist

MBChB, BAO, MD, MRCP

Sunny manages and provides care for patients with both suspected and established gastro-intestinal disorders. He brings the benefit of his extensive training and experience in Ireland and Australia, and specialises in both diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy.

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Dr Sean Kelly

Gastroenterologist

MBChB, MD, FRCP

Sean looks after patients with all types of gastrointestinal and liver problems, and performs all aspects of diagnostic and therapeutic gastroscopy and colonoscopy. He has particular interests in inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. 

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