Gastroscopy is a procedure developed for investigating symptoms from the oesophagus (gullet), stomach, and duodenum (the first part of the small bowel).
A gastroscope is a flexible thin tube, which has a minute video camera at the end, allowing a direct view of the gut. It also allows us to pass down instruments to take biopsies and sample the lining of the gut.
This scope is done with a special spray to numb your throat. Patients can also opt to have sedation.
The use of sedation will mean that you must have someone to take you home and stay with you that night.