You will be asleep under sedation by an anaesthetist during your procedure. Under vision via a monitor screen, a thin flexible camera is passed down the oesophagus into the stomach and the first part of small intestine (duodenum). Small tissue samples called biopsies may be taken and sent to the lab for testing to help diagnose certain conditions. Reasons for a gastroscopy may include:
In expert hands, a gastroscopy is considered a very safe procedure with less than 1 in 10,000 patients experiencing any adverse events due to the procedure.