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Gastroscopy

Gastroscopy is an endoscopic examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract, which can be used to detect structural lesions in the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum, thus giving the possibility to treat these.

During the examination, a thin, flexible tube – the endoscope – is passed through the oesophagus all the way to the duodenum. The image transmitted by the endoscope is enlarged and evaluated by the examining physician through a monitor.

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When do we perform gastroscopy?

Gastroscopy can be used to diagnose ulcers, inflammations, polyps, tumours, and to detect the cause of bleeding and abdominal pain. Ulcers, gastritis and possible tumors can also be detected during the examination.

Histological sampling may be performed during the examination, as well as removal of foreign bodies, polyps, carcinoma in situ, haemostasis, and bleeding prevention.

Preparations

Gastroscopy can be performed at any time of the day. Unless otherwise ordered by your doctor, 6 hours of food and 4 hours of fluid withdrawal are required before gastroscopy. If these conditions are not ensured, gastroscopy cannot be performed correctly because the food stagnates in the stomach body and may obscure any lesions.

Prior to the examination, the examining physician will be informed about your previous medical history, medication, and possible drug sensitivity.

What is the process of gastroscopy?

Gastroscopy is done by a doctor and an assistant, it usually takes 3-5 minutes, and you must first sign a consent form. The throat is anesthetized with Lidocaine spray, the effect of which is lasts for approx. half an hour.

During the examination, a thin, flexible tube – the endoscope – is passed through the oesophagus all the way to the duodenum. The image transmitted by the endoscope is enlarged and evaluated by the examining physician through a monitor.

Histological sampling may be performed during the examination, as well as removal of foreign bodies, polyps, in situ carcinoma, haemostasis, and bleeding prevention.

After gastroscopy

You will receive a finding immediately after the examination, we will inform you about the result. If a histological examination is required, you have to wait 10-14 days for the result, which will be countersigned by the examining doctor. Do not eat or drink until the anaesthetic effect of Lidocaine has passed due to the risk of choking.

Gastroscopy under anaesthesia

If an anaesthetic procedure is performed – in the presence of an anaesthesiologist – a short-acting agent during the operation will provide a painless intervention experience. Before the procedure, the Client is examined by our anaesthesiologist, asked about their comorbidities, the medicines they have taken, and any complications that may have occurred during previous anaesthesia.

After gastroscopy, the Client is monitored in our comfortable, discreet, single-bed hospital room. They are discharged by the anaesthesiologist and the examining gastroenterologist after resting, in a stable, alert state.

Complications

A negligible number of complications occur: scratching, discomfort in the throat, rarely abdominal pain, bloody stools, fever. These do not occur during routine diagnostic gastroscopy, but they might occur during a therapeutic intervention. In these cases, let your doctor know urgently, who will examine you immediately.

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