Here is some information on the different types of endoscopic procedures we perform.
Gastroscopy is an endoscopic examination of the oesophagus (gullet), stomach and duodenum (first part of the small bowel). It is also referred to as ‘OGD’ (Oesophago Gastro Duodenoscopy) or sometimes simply ‘endoscopy’. The stomach must be empty, so you have nothing to eat or drink for 6 hours prior to the test. In the endoscopy unit, a small flexible tube is passed through the mouth into the stomach and duodenum. The examination normally takes only a few minutes, although it may take longer if biopsies or endoscopic treatment are required. Gastroscopy can be performed with throat spray to numb the throat, or with sedation given intravenously. It is entirely up to you which you choose.
Unsedated gastroscopy is uncomfortable due to the sensation of the endoscope in the throat, but recovery is immediate and you can leave the endoscopy unit within minutes. Sedation makes the procedure comfortable, but you need time to recover and for 24 hours you should not drive, sign legal documents or pursue any activities that could put you or others at risk.