Gastroscopy at Blakelands Hospital
What is an upper GI endoscopy?
An upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy is a procedure to look at the inside of the oesophagus (gullet), stomach and duodenum using a flexible telescope. This procedure is sometimes known as a gastroscopy.
What does the procedure involve?
An upper GI endoscopy usually takes about ten minutes. If appropriate, the endoscopist may offer you a sedative to help you relax.
The endoscopist will place a flexible telescope (endoscope) into the back of your throat and down into your stomach. From here the endoscope will pass on into your duodenum.
The endoscopist will be able to look for problems in these organs such as inflammation or ulcers. They will be able to perform biopsies and take photographs to help make the diagnosis.
How soon will I recover?
If you were given sedation, you will normally recover in about an hour. You may feel a bit bloated for a few hours but this will pass.
A member of the team will tell you what was found during the endoscopy and will discuss with you any treatment or follow-up you need.
You should be able to go back to work the day after the endoscopy.
Which Consultants can I see at Blakelands Hospital?
How do I see a Gastroenterologist at Blakelands Hospital?
We provide services for both NHS patients and Private patients either self-paying for their treatment or using medical insurance.
If you have any questions about using your Private Medical Insurance or self-paying for treatment, please call 01536 210 019 or email us via our contact form.
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