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
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.