Women and Men from Vancouver and all across B.C. choose False Healthcare Centre because of board-certified surgeons Dr. Charles Scudamore and Dr. Donald Cooke. Our team of General surgeons has years of experience and excellence in performing gastroscopy procedures.
Gastroscopy, also called upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, is a surgical diagnostic procedure where a doctor examines the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract: the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. The procedure is designed to diagnose the cause of recurring indigestion, recurring heartburn, pains in the upper abdomen, unexplained weight loss, or other symptoms originating in the upper gastrointestinal tract.
Reasons for a Gastroscopy
Conditions that can be diagnosed include:
- Oesophagitis: inflammation of the oesophagus
- Duodenal or stomach ulcer
- Duodenitis: inflammation of the duodenum
- Gastritis: inflammation of the stomach
- Cancer of the stomach or oesophagus
What to Expect
The total procedure, including preparation time, normally takes about half an hour under light sedation and a local anaesthetic. Your surgeon will place a plastic mouth guard between your teeth to protect them and prevent you from biting down on the endoscope. During the procedure, you will be asked to lie on your back or side while your doctor carefully feeds the endoscope down the oesophagus and into the stomach and duodenum.
A tiny video camera mounted on the endoscope transmits images to a monitor, allowing your surgeon to closely examine the intestinal lining. Air is pumped into the stomach and duodenum through the endoscope in order to inflate them to produce a clearer image.
Your surgeon may perform biopsies, stop bleeding, and remove abnormal growths, depending on what they see and the reasons for the endoscopy, by using special tools that slide through the endoscope. Once the procedure is finished your surgeon will gently remove the endoscope.
How to Prepare
You will be required to not eat or drink anything at least 6 hours before the surgery. This ensures that your upper gastrointestinal tract is clear. Before the appointment, patients should make plans for a ride home, as driving is not permitted for 24 hours after surgery because of the sedative used in the procedure.
If you are ready to discuss your surgery needs with our board certified surgeons, request a consultation today. During your consultation your patient care coordinator will discuss:
- Your medical history
- Pre and post-operative care
- Potential risks and complications