The gastroscopy

A gastroscopy is the preferred diagnostic tool when patient symptoms suggest problems of the upper digestive tract. It is an endoscopic exam, during which the physician, assisted by a nurse, uses a flexible probe with a camera (endoscope) to visualize the esophagus, the stomach and the duodenum.

One or several biopsies can be performed during the procedure. They are sent  to pathology for analysis. Pathology reports are available 2 to 4 weeks following the procedure.

Once your gastroscopy is done and you are ready to leave the Centre, you will be given contact information allowing you to reach a nurse 24/7 should you have any concerns.

Risks associated with the gastroscopy procedure

Although rare, the possible risks associated with a gastroscopy are:

  • Bleeding
  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Perforation
  • Infection

 

For more information on the preparation, click here.