A gastroscopy is also termed as an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. It is conducted facilitating a slender, flexible, telescopic camera - gastroscope. The gastroscope is passed down through the mouth to your oesophagus into your stomach and then into the duodenum.
Advantages of Gastroscopy
- A gastroscopy is conducted to ascertain if there are any unusual growths or ulcers in your oesophagus, stomach or duodenum, and other benefit is that it can also be performed to remove any blockages.
- One of the most common benefits of a gastroscopy is that performing this cause of abdominal pain, bleeding or vomiting from the digestive tract can be detected.
- It can also treat polyps by removing it.
Disadvantages of Gastroscopy
- Very few people witness any serious disadvantage from gastroscopy.
- You may feel slight sore throat after the procedure.
- Air may be trapped in your abdomen leading to a bloating feeling.
- If a biopsy has been performed there may be slight bleeding.
- Very rarely, the stomach lining may be damaged, and in such cases you would have to visit the hospital and an operation would be conducted to repair it
Side Effects of Gastroscopy
These are the unwanted, but generally temporary side effects you may develop or feel after having the procedure.
After Having a Gastroscopy you may:
- Experience a numb throat for a couple of hours
- May feel a sore throat or stomach ache for a couple of hours
- You can also find bleeding, particularly if a biopsy has been taken.
Some allergic reactions to the sedative, such as skin rash, trouble in breathing or heart problems are also possible, but not often.