Gastroscopy

A direct and comprehensive view of the upper digestive tract, encompassing the esophagus, stomach, and upper small intestine. Using a flexible endoscope, healthcare providers can meticulously examine these vital structures, identifying abnormalities, inflammation, ulcers, and other gastrointestinal conditions.

  • 80 MINUTES

    Testing + Recovery Time

Recommended for:

  • Patients over their 30

Examine esophagus, stomach, and duodenum for cancer, ulcers, polyps, etc.
An intravenous injection is placed in the arm, and the patient undergoes endoscopy in a sleep-like state. Driving a car or other vehicles is strictly prohibited on the day of the procedure. After the examination, you will be asked to lie down and rest for approximately 1 hour.

What are the Benefits of Gastroscopy?

  • Provides high-definition, real-time visualization of the upper digestive tract, enabling healthcare providers to accurately identify and diagnose a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions.
  • Detect early signs of diseases such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastritis, ulcers, and even certain types of cancer, allowing for prompt treatment and improved patient outcomes.
  • Gastroscopy is minimally invasive compared to traditional surgical procedures, resulting in less pain, reduced recovery time, and a lower risk of complications.
  • Considered safe and well-tolerated by most patients. Sedation or anesthesia can be administered to ensure comfort during the procedure.
  • Allows for a comprehensive assessment of the upper digestive tract, which is crucial for understanding the root causes of symptoms and designing effective treatment strategies.
  • Provides an opportunity for patients to visually understand their condition. Healthcare providers can explain findings and recommendations based on real-time images, fostering patient engagement and informed decision-making.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Gastroscopy

During gastroscopy, a thin and flexible endoscope is inserted through the mouth and gently guided through the esophagus into the stomach and upper small intestine. The procedure is typically performed under sedation to ensure patient comfort.

While gastrosocopy can be performed without sedation, it is often recommended to make the procedure more comfortable. Shinagawa has certified anesthesiologist who can perform the sedation safely. This will help relax the patient and minimize the discomfort during the examination.

After the procedure, you may experience a mild sore throat or bloating. These symptoms typically subside within a day or two. It’s advisable to rest, avoid heavy meals, and follow any post-procedure instructions provided by your healthcare provider.

Gastroscopy is considered safe, but like any medical procedure, it carries some risks. Rare complications may include bleeding, infection, or perforation of the digestive tract. Your healthcare provider will discuss potential risks and benefits with you before the procedure.

Gastroscopy is a powerful tool for diagnosing a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions, but it may not detect every possible condition. Other diagnostic tests or imaging modalities may be recommended based on your symptoms and medical history.

The duration of a gastroscopy procedure is usually around 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the complexity of the examination and any necessary interventions or biopsies.

Gastroscopy is generally well-tolerated and less uncomfortable compared to traditional endoscopy procedures.

The examination typically lasts for about 30 minutes.

Patients aged 40 and above, seeking to screen for digestive health, and need detailed gastric examination

Pediatric patients are not recommended to undergo the executive package. For patients 40 years old and below, a Doctor’s request will be required, depending on the patient’s health condition.

The preparation include fasting for 6-8 hours before the procedure and securing CP Clearance.

Note that all patients aged 35 and above should undergo CP Clearance.

The results will be released on the same day.

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