What is video gastroscopy?
Video gastroscopy is a procedure that uses a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope to look inside the stomach. The endoscope has a light and a camera at the end, the camera sends the image from the stomach to the monitor.
Why is video gastroscopy used?
Video gastroscopy is used to detect and diagnose ailments such as stomach ulcers or gastroesophageal reflux disease, acute abdominal pain, and non-malignant neoplasms such as polyps or small cancers.This test method is used to check for certain symptoms and / or to confirm a diagnosis.
How to Prepare for Videogastroscopy?
If you have a videogastroscopy procedure, your stomach should be empty so that the doctor has a clear image of your stomach and so you don't vomit. It is recommended not to drink or eat 6 hours before the procedure. Also tell your doctor if you have allergies or other medical conditions, or if you are taking pills.
How is the video gastroscopy procedure performed?
This procedure usually takes 3-7 minutes, it is an outpatient procedure, which means that there is no need for preliminary hospitalization in a medical clinic. Before the tube is inserted, the patient's neck will be numb with a local anesthetic. The doctor performing the procedure will place the endoscope in the back of your mouth and ask you to swallow the first part of the tube, then the endoscope is guided by the doctor through the esophagus and into the stomach. The procedure is not painful, but at times it can be unpleasant or slightly uncomfortable.
After the procedure
If you have had a gastroscopy, you will feel a little discomfort that will soon go away. Eating and drinking is usually allowed after the procedure, but alcohol is not recommended for the next 24 hours. Subsequently, a consultation with a gastroenterologist is required to analyze the results of gastroscopy.