Endoscopy or gastroscopy is a means of examining the upper gastro-intestinal tract (comprising the duodenum, stomach and oesophagus) via a specially manufactured thin camera with a light. This procedure is used to both diagnose and treat upper GI tract problems, including the following:
- Symptoms of indigestion, heartburn, a bitter taste in the back of the mouth and/or reflux
- Unexplained weight loss or Coeliac disease. Infection with Helicobacter pylori (a stomach bug that can cause indigestion type pains)
- Difficulty swallowing, nausea or vomiting. Stomach or oesophageal cancer
- Abdominal (tummy) cramps, bloating and pains, particularly in the upper abdomen
- Severe pain in the upper abdomen
- Anaemia or bleeding from the bowel (usually black tarry and foul smelling stools)
- Early satiety – feeling ‘full’ after only a small meal
Upper GI endoscopy preparation
Upon arrival at the clinic in Milton Keynes, you will initially be assessed by our qualified and experienced team to ascertain the reasons for the procedure and to provide an understanding of what an endoscopy involves. This will involve looking at your previous medical history, including any medications you are currently prescribed (including any over-the-counter medicines or blood thinning medications).
An endoscopy can be performed with or without sedation. Please note that if you intend to undergo the procedure with sedation you must ensure you make arrangements to get home, as you will be unable to operate a vehicle.
Before attending the Milton Keynes clinic for an endoscopy, you should refrain from eating for at least six hours before the test is due to commence – this allows for better views of the stomach. If required, you may have sips of water no later than two hours before the procedure.
During an endoscopy
Once inside the endoscopy room, our team will do everything to make the procedure as comfortable as can be. An anaesthetic spray will be provided to minimise the gag reflex as the camera is inserted, and you will be required to lie on your left side. You will be connected to a machine which monitors blood pressure, oxygen and pulse rates, and a protective mouthpiece will be used in order to keep your mouth open.
Endoscopy potential complications
Complications arising from upper GI endoscopy are incredibly rare. In extremely rare cases, the camera (known as a gastroscope) can cause a minute tear in the gullet. If a biopsy (tissue sample) is required, this may also cause slight bleeding.
You will go to the recovery room where you will be monitored until the sedative effects have subsided and given instructions as to when you can start eating or drinking again, followed by a visit from Mr Achal Khanna who will provide you with the results of your test.
Following this, you will be free to leave the clinic, on the advice that you should take a rest day and not operate any machinery for up to 24 hours.
With many years’ experience in performing endoscopy procedures in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas, Mr Achal Khanna is one of the most qualified and experienced endoscopy surgeons in the Milton Keynes region. If you are concerned that you may have any of the following problems and require expert advice and an endoscopy, please contact Mr Khanna’s clinic: 01908 305 127