What is Gastroscopy?
Gastroscopy is currently the most up-to-date examination method for discovering and diagnosing disorders (inflammation, ulcers, malignant tumors) of the upper gastrointestinal system (the eosophagus, stomach and duodenum). A biopsy may also be taken during the examination for establishing a definitive diagnosis.
How do I obtain a gastroscopy?
As a first step, an appointment for a general gastroenterological examination is advised. The gastroenterologist will question you regarding your condition, examine you and, if required, recommend further diagnostic examinations.
What preparations are required for the examination?
No preparation is required. The only requirement is that you not eat for 6-8 hours prior to your appointment.
If your gastroenterologist recommended anesthesia for the procedure, the following will be required:
- Blood test and ECG. If you have test results of 6 weeks or less and your doctor finds them acceptable, then no new tests will be required. You should, however, consult with your anesthesiologist.
- Should you be suffering from a chronic disease (heart disease, diabetes, etc.) that might be a risk factor in anesthesia, the anesthesiologist will have the final say as to whether you are a candidate for anesthesia or not and give you instructions regarding any necessary preparations.
- You must not eat anything at all (not even water) 4 hours prior to the procedure!
- If you are taking anticoagulant medication, please let your doctor know in advance!
What happens during the procedure?
An endoscope is a long, thin, flexible tube fitted with a light and a video camera at the tip that sends pictures to the computer screen. The endoscope is guided into the alimentary canal through the mouth to allow the doctor to see inside your gut. The mucous membranes and folds of the oesophagus, the stomach and the upper section of the duodenum are thoroughly examined and samples taken for biopsy, as necessary. The examination takes 5-10 minutes. If there are no complications, most people may go home a few hours after the procedure accompanied by someone. (You should not drive a car.)
Gastroscopy can be a little uncomfortable due to retching and abdominal tension caused by air passed into the stomach but usually painless under anesthesia. The Intensive Care Unit of the Buda Health Center guarantees hospital level professionalism and safe anesthesia.
The examinations take place Mondays, Tuedays and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. on.
Where is gastroscopy performed?
Gastroscopy is performed at the BEK-Endoexpert endoscopic laboratory. The unit is equipped with a Fujinon video endoscope, an endoscope washer guaranteeing secure disinfection and all instruments necessary for anesthesia as well as the necessary medications.
Frequently asked questions regarding gastroscopy may be found HERE.