ABOUT US

Also commonly known as Gastroscopy, this procedure lets your doctor examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first portion of the small intestine). Your doctor will use a thin, flexible tube with a camera which is gently passed down the throat and the images are then viewed on a monitor. The procedure is carried out under moderate sedation so that you are most comfortable and do not experience any pain or discomfort.

Which patients may need a OGD

An upper endoscopy is used to determine the cause of symptoms such as

  • abdominal pain and bloating
  • nausea and vomiting
  • heartburn
  • difficulty in swallowing
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Anaemia

How to prepare

You are required to come for the endoscopy usually after an overnight fast. We spray a local anesthetic in your throat and a sedative in then injected into your arm to keep you relaxed and comfortable. You’ll then lie on your left side, and your doctor will pass the endoscope through your mouth and into the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. The endoscope doesn’t interfere with your breathing and your heart rate, blood pressure and oxygenation are closely monitored throughout the procedure.

After the procedure

You will be monitored until the effects of the medication have worn off and you should be able to eat soon after unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. If you have been given sedatives during the procedure, we strongly recommend against driving after the procedure.

Is it safe

Complications from an upper endoscopy are exceedingly rare. These may include minor bleeding, perforation of the stomach/ oesophageal wall or sedation related complications. These will be discussed with you prior to the procedure by your doctor.

DOCTORS

DR. ADAM

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DR. MICHELLE

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