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Gastroscopy Procedure, What Is a Gastroscopy?


Gastroscopy Procedure, What Is a Gastroscopy?

Gastroscopy is an endoscopic examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract. It is performed using a flexible fiberoptic scope inserted through the patient’s mouth.

Gastroscopy Procedure, What Is a Gastroscopy?

What is a gastroscopy?

It is one of the most famous and widely used gastrointestinal endoscopies. It is a thin, flexible tube with a camera tip inserted through the mouth to examine the mucous membrane lining the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.

Is there an alternative to the gastroscope, such as ultrasound that dispenses with the endoscope?

Of course not, because everything has its own specialty. The digestive system in general cannot be seen from the inside with accuracy except through the endoscopes of the digestive system, whether it is a gastroscopy, a colonoscopy, or a small intestine endoscopy. As for ultrasound, its main role is to diagnose diseases of the digestive system accessories such as the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and spleen, in addition to diseases of the kidneys, bladder and prostate in men and uterus in women.

What diseases can be diagnosed through gastroscopy?

There are many and many diseases that can be diagnosed through gastroscopy, for example, but not limited to

1- Gastroesophageal reflux disease and hiatal hernia

2- Esophageal varices

3- Tumors of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum

4- Inflammations of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum

5- Ulcers of the stomach and duodenum

6- Polyps

7- Vascular malformations

Who determines the patient's need for gastric endoscopy?

The treating physician alone is the one who determines this based on the patient’s symptoms, clinical examination, medical investigations and the extent of his response to treatment.

What are the types of gastroscopies?

Two types:

Diagnostic gastroscopy:

It is a very easy endoscope and does not take more than 5 minutes to examine the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. It also provides an opportunity to take a sample, whether it is to examine the Helicobacter pylori, which is the most accurate way to diagnose the Helicobacter pylori or to take samples of any diseases that were discovered during the endoscopy, such as tumors, polyps, or ulcers; It is also possible through the diagnostic endoscope to install a stomach balloon for slimming and remove it or remove any foreign body that was accidentally swallowed by the person.

Therapeutic gastroscopy:

 We can treat many diseases through gastroscopy, such as:

1- Ligation or injection of esophageal varices

2- Dilatation of the narrowing of the esophagus, as in cases of drinking caustic substances in children

3- Excision of special polyps from the stomach

4- cauterize a vascular malformation

Does gastroscopy need specific preparation before the endoscopy?

It does not require any preparation other than fasting 8 hours from food and drink.

What is the price of gastroscope 2022?

There is no fixed price for a gastroscope, as the price of any endoscope depends on several factors, the most important of which are the difficulty of the endoscopy, the efficiency of the endoscopy doctor, and the capabilities of the endoscopy center such as sterilization, providing anesthesia and other endoscope requirements. Or excision of a polyp, varicose veins, or others, of course, the cost of the endoscope will rise.

Is gastroscopy painful?

You will not feel anything at all because the endoscopy is performed under the influence of hypnosis.

What are the complications of gastroscopy?

Diagnostic gastroscopy is almost without complications, and gastroscopy does not cause pain and does not cause injury to anything, as some believe for several reasons:

1- The endoscope is very thin and flexible

2- The endoscope is performed under the influence of hypnosis, so you will not feel the entry or exit of the endoscope.

Does the endoscope transmit infection?

Gastrointestinal endoscopes in general and gastroscopy do not transmit any infection, provided that it is properly sterilized from inside and outside and for a period of not less than 20 minutes between one case and another.

Will I need to be hospitalized after the endoscopy?

Not at all. About ten minutes after the endoscopy, you return to your home safely as soon as you regain full consciousness.

Are there any special food and drink instructions after the endoscopy?

After the diagnostic gastroscopy, you can eat and drink immediately as soon as you regain consciousness. As for the therapeutic endoscopy, there are instructions for food and drink according to the type of each endoscope.


Gastroscopy is a safe and effective way to diagnose diseases of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, and some treatments can be performed through the endoscope.