What Is a Gastroscopy?
A Gastroscopy involves using a thin flexible tube (endoscope) to examine the upper digestive tract, usually to look for ulcers or polyps. The procedure can also be used to treat conditions like bleeding ulcers, widen a narrow oesophagus (dilatation), or remove a foreign body. Doctors take tissue samples (biopsies) of anything unusual they see, and can remove any polyps they find.
Who is a Gastroscopy for?
Anyone with chronic indigestion, nausea, or difficulty swallowing — and whose doctor detects or suspects inflammation of the stomach caused by an ulcer or polyp.
What are the benefits?
There are benefits for having a gastroscopy which include:
- investigate symptoms such as indigestion, nausea, or difficulty swallowing.
- to show if there is inflammation, an ulcer or a polyp or other growth.
- to treat conditions, such as bleeding ulcers,
- to widen a narrow oesophagus (known as dilatation), or to remove a foreign body.
- Doctors can take tissue samples (biopsies) of anything unusual they see, and can remove polyps.
What happens During Surgery?
Gastroscopies take 15 – 30 minutes. Most people have a mild local anaesthetic to minimise any pain or discomfort.
How long will I stay in hospital?
You will go home the same day.
What is my recovery time?
You should make a full recovery within one day
Self Pay Surgery Costs for Gastroscopy
Gastroscopy Self Pay Surgery Package includes:
Gastroscopy Self Pay Price
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Do you qualify for This Self Pay Procedure?
You are suitable for this surgery if:
- You have a Body Mass Index under 40
- You are over 16 years of age
- You are not pregnant
- You do not require complex rehabilitation or have a chronic disease that would require immediate post-operative care in an intensive care unit
- You do not have sickle cell anaemia, renal failure or have had a cardiac arrest or cardiac intervention (e.g. insertions of stents) in the last six months
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