Gastroscopy or upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
Through an elastic tube we observe, with direct vision through video camera, the aspect of the oesophagus, stomach and the first parts of the small bowel (duodenum). The findings are assessed and a biopsy made if required.
This exploratory technique is always performed with sedation under an anaesthesiologist’s supervision. Deep sedation differentiates from standard anesthesia because sedation doesn’t need oral intubation. Recovery comes immediately after the procedure and patients can be discharged from the clinic within minutes.