An intravenous line will be inserted into your arm to administer medications. A local anaesthetic will be sprayed into your mouth to suppress the need to cough or gag when the gastroscope is inserted. A mouth guard will be inserted to help keep your mouth open and also to protect your teeth. For the procedure, you will lie on your left side.
After you have received a sedative and pain reliever, the gastroscope is inserted into your mouth and advanced through the oesophagus (food pipe) to the stomach and duodenum. Air will be inserted through the scope to provide a better view. Suction within the camera may be used to remove secretions.
Tissue samples may be taken during the procedure. These sample are then sent to the laboratory for testing and these results will be available 7-10 days after your procedure.
A gastroscopy takes approximately 5-15 minutes but you will be at your appointment for up to 2 hours while we monitor you after your procedure