Learning All About The Gastroscopy Procedure

After medical assessment, many have their doctors recommend that they go through gastroscopy. This is a non surgical procedure that doctors normally recommend to help with the diagnosis of problems of the upper digestive system. The results of this procedure help the doctors choose the most appropriate course of action for whatever condition that the patient suffers from. It involves a gastroscope being lowered into the digestive system through the mouth to look into the internal organs. Have a peek at this site, for further details about gastroscopy. 

Most patients are skeptical about the idea of swallowing the scope, and understandably so. However, they could do well to remember that the procedure is non-surgical and relatively routine. With the help of sedation and proper medical care, the procedure should go smoothly.

There are several reasons one would go for this exam. Many of them are similar to conditions or symptoms that would warrant colon cancer surgery in Brisbane. The procedure is often recommended in cases where the patient complains of one or many of the following symptoms; pain in the abdomen, bleeding from the digestive system, heartburn and indigestion, trouble swallowing or when dealing with the removal of unwanted swallowed objects.

The term used to describe the procedure comes from two root words. Gastro stands for the stomach, and scope indicates a search for something. It is only right, then, that the instrument used in the procedure is called a scope. It is a thin and flexible fiber optic cable, whose end is fitted with a wide lens camera. The scope is passed through the stomach and the images transmitted by the camera are examined by the doctor on a large television screen.

Sometimes, before the exam is done, alternate tests are performed on the patient. The most common of the alternate tests involves an X-ray exam. This helps single out the problematic area such that less time is spent with the scope swallowed. The doctor performing the procedure can therefore direct their efforts to the problem area instead of spending time looking through the whole digestive system.

The patient can and should help out before, during and after the procedure. The stomach should be empty during the procedure to provide a clear view of the stomach walls and tissue. Normally, if the test is to be done in the morning, one is advised not to eat or drink anything from the night prior to the testing. If the test is later in the day then they are allowed to eat fluids, but should not drink anything six hours before the procedure.

If one takes medication, then they could be allowed to continue taking them. If they are pills then they should be taken with sips of water to wash them down and aid in the absorption. Insulin, antacids or tobacco should not be taken before the appointment. If any of these are necessary, then it is advisable to call for instructions.

This process is unlike inserting a colonoscope or performing the haemorrhoidal artery ligation operation that sometimes requires a diet to be set for the patient and laxatives prescribed prior to the operation.