Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine a person’s digestive tract. It is a flexible tube attached with a camera and a light source which enables the doctor to view images on a monitor screen.

Doctors perform endoscopy to evaluate:

  • Stomach pain
  • Ulcers, difficulty in swallowing
  • Digestive tract bleeding
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Polyps or growths in the colon

This requires only Gut Preparation. Fasting for 6-8 hours prior to the procedure should be followed.

Endoscopy procedure usually takes 5 to 10 mins for the complete examination of the UGI tract.

Gastroscopy is a safe procedure and complications rarely occur during the procedure.

However, the procedure does have a few potential complications, which may include:

– Perforation (tear in the gut wall)

– Reaction to sedation

– Infection

– Bleeding

One may feel bloated after the procedure. This will subside after 2-3 days.

Soft diet is recommended after the procedure. If it is well-tolerated, normal diet can be resumed.