WHAT IS GASTROSCOPY?
It is an imaging method used in diagnosis and treatment of esophagus, stomach and duodenum diseases.
There is a tiny camera at the end of the Gastroscope used during the procedure and its length is 110-120 cm. The flexible and bendable device includes the passage channels of water, air and auxiliary devices.
Gastroscopy procedure can be performed after 6-8 hours fasting. If interventions and additional procedures are not performed, the expiration of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum with air is 10 minutes. If the biopsy, intervention to bleeding, removal of polyp, removal of the foreign body swallowed, this period varies.
WHO SHOULD GASTROSCOPY BE MADE?
- Unexplained loss of appetite, weight loss, pain in the stomach
- Recurrent nausea and vomiting
- Reflux complaints that do not be improved with drug therapy
- Swallowing difficulty and painful swallowing
- Unexplained anemia
- Out of rectal black stools or oral blood
- Foreign body ingestion
- Accidentally drunk chemical liquids
- For control purposes in patients with perforation or bleeding due to gastric ulcer
- In order to place balloons in the stomach in obese patients
- Some nutritional disorders
- Patients with liver cirrhosis
- Family with a history of stomach cancer
- Gastroscopy is performed for stent implantation in patients with advanced stage cancer.
AFTER THE TREATMENT, THE RISK OF NORMAL LIFE IS IMMEDIATELY?
Gastroscopy is performed without anesthesia or as a mild sleepiness called sedation. If sedation is performed, the patient should rest for about 1 hour. There may also be a sore throat, mild pain, stinging, a slight strain of swallowing and sometimes coughing. The duration of stay in the resting room varies according to the attempts made during the procedure.
If the gastric bleeding has been interfered, if the polyp is removed, a biopsy has been taken from an area where ulcer or cancer is suspected, the rest period may be prolonged if the stent is inserted or if the balloon insertion process is applied to the stomach.