Upper GI Endoscopy (Gastroscopy)
What symptoms may be investigated via upper GI endoscopy?
- Abdominal pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Changes in bowel habits
- Bleeding from the bowels
- Unexplained weight loss
What conditions may be diagnosed with the aid of upper GI endoscopy?
- Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease
- Hiatus Hernia
- Barrett’s Oesophagus
- Oesophageal cancer
- Gastric cancer
- Ulcers of the stomach, duodenum or oesophagus
- Gastro-intestinal Stromal tumours
What is involved in having an upper GI endoscopy (gastroscopy)?
The endoscope is inserted via the mouth, passing a flexible endoscope through the oesophagus into the stomach and duodenum (first part of the small bowel). This is performed as a day procedure, meaning you will not need to stay overnight in hospital. The procedure usually takes under 15 minutes and is performed under sedation (not a full general anaesthetic) administered by an experienced Specialist Anaesthetist. You will spend a total of three to four hours in the hospital. You will need to be driven home by a friend or family member. You will not be able to drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours after the procedure. Gastroscopies are an extremely safe procedure and no pain or discomfort is felt by the patient during the procedure. Dr Andrew Russell will speak with you once you’re awake and alert before discharge to discuss the outcome of the procedure.
Where will my endoscopy be performed?
Dr Andrew Russell performs all endoscopies in the accredited Day Surgery Unit of Mater Private Hospital, Rockhampton