Our team of expert endoscopists at Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital have performed many successful gastroscopies.
What is a gastroscopy?
A gastroscopy is a procedure to look at the inside of the oesophagus (gullet), stomach and duodenum using a flexible tube called an endoscope.
What does the procedure involve?
- You will be offered either intravenous sedation or local anaesthetic throat spray for the procedure
- A small mouth guard will be placed between your teeth to protect them
- Your consultant will place a flexible tube called an endoscope into the back of your throat and down into your stomach
- You may be asked to swallow to help guide the tube. From here the endoscope will pass on into your duodenum
- Your consultant will be able to look for problems in these organs such as inflammation or ulcers
- The endoscope will not interfere with your breathing but initially you may experience a retching sensation
- If you have a lot of saliva, suction similar to that used at the dentist may be used
- Your consultant will also be able to perform biopsies and take photographs to help make the diagnosis
- When the examination is complete your consultant will gently remove the endoscope
- A trained endoscopy nurse will be with you at all times throughout the procedure.
After the procedure and recovery
After your gastroscopy, you will be taken to the recovery area before allowing you to eat, drink and pass water, reassuring us that you are able to return home safely.
- If you were given a sedative, you will normally recover in about an hour
- You may feel a bit bloated for a few hours but this will pass
- Your consultant will tell you what was found during the gastroscopy and will discuss with you any treatment or follow-up that you need
- You may develop a sore throat or dry mouth and slight hoarseness. Throat lozenges and saltwater gargles can ease these symptoms
- If you have been given sedation you will not be allowed to drive, operate machinery, sign legal documents or drink alcohol for 24 hours
- You should be able to go back to work the day after the gastroscopy. Most people make a good recovery and return to normal activities following a gastroscopy.
Complications and risks
Although rare, every surgical procedure carries a small degree of risk. Specific complications from a gastroscopy can include:
- Sore throat
- Allergic reaction
- Breathing difficulties or heart irregularities
- Making a hole in the oesophagus, stomach or duodenum
- Damage to teeth or bridgework
- Incomplete procedure.
Your consultant will discuss these risks with you during your consultation.
Gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy (or gastroscopy) consultants at Brentwood Hospital
Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH
|Initial consultation||from £190|
|Pre-assessment, Main treatment and Post-discharge care||£1,750|
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