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.

Self Pay Surgery Costs for Gastroscopy in Australia

Gastroscopy wait time in public hospitals in Australia

Public Wait Time can be up to

0 days *

The Public Health System In Australia Has A Waiting Period For General Surgeries - 90% Of Patients Waited This Length Of Time For This Procedure In The 2019/2020 Calendar Year.

Digestive endoscopy or gastroscopy. Performing a gastroscopy procedure. Diagnostics of gastric diseases. Stomach health.
Gastroscopy - who is it for?

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

SURGERY - criteria

Do you qualify for This Self Pay Procedure?

You are suitable for this surgery if:

  • 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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