This procedure examines your oesophagus (the food pipe from your mouth), your stomach and your duodenum (the start of the small intestine).

Q: Why would I need the operation?

There are many reasons why you may need this, it may include symptoms of abdominal pain or reflux, or it may be for follow up of previous procedures. A gastroscopy may also be required to investigate anaemia (low blood count).

Q: What scar will I have and what does the procedure involve? 

There is no scar.  It involves a telescope tube passing through your mouth all the way down to the duodenum. 

Q: What anaesthetic will I have and do I have a choice? 

You usually will require light sedation to keep you confortable during the procedure. 

Q: What are the possible complications and what are the chances that they will occur? 

The risks of this procedure are minimal.  The telescopic tube can theoretically make a hole in you oesophagus, stomach or duodenum. If biopsies are taken there is also a risk of bleeding. 

Q: What can I expect after the operation? 

You will be discharged from the hospital on the same day. 

Q: How long should I be off work? 

You should be able to get back to work the next day. 

Q: When will I see my surgeon for review? 

Your review will depend on what is found at the gastroscopy. The surgeon may see you within a week or a month depending on the urgency.