A Gastroscopy is a test which allows a doctor to look at the lining of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first part of the small intestine) by using a gastroscope with a flexible camera.
Prior to the procedure, the doctor will speak with you to answer any questions you may have and written consent will be obtained. The nurse will start an intravenous line in order to administer sedation for your procedure. You will be asked to remove any dentures or partial plates, and monitoring equipment (heart monitor, oxygen saturation monitor, blood pressure cuff and nasal oxygen) will be attached. While lying on your left side the nurse will administer medication via the intravenous line to sedate you and to decrease discomfort. Our goal is to keep you comfortable during the procedure. A mouthguard will be placed between your teeth. The doctor will then pass the gastroscope over your tongue to the back of your throat. This can be slightly uncomfortable, but not painful. It will not interfere with your ability to breath. Sometimes you can get saliva in your mouth, so the nurse will clear this with a small plastic suction tube. The procedure takes about 5 to 10 minutes. After the procedure is finished you will be moved to the recovery area for one hour prior to your discharge.
You will be monitored in the recovery area for approximately one hour after your procedure. Prior to your discharge, you will receive instructions on diet, medications and any follow-up that is needed. The physician will also discuss any findings with you at that time.