The procedure to examine the inside of the stomach with a camera is called a gastroscopy. A gastroscopy test with a camera involves the following steps:
Preparing the patient:
The patient is advised to fast for several hours before the procedure and may be given a sedative to help them relax.
Positioning the patient:
The patient lies on their back and the doctor inserts a small tube with a camera attached into the mouth, down the esophagus, and into the stomach.
Examining the digestive tract:
The doctor uses the camera to inspect the inside of the digestive tract for any abnormalities or signs of disease.
Collecting tissue samples:
If needed, the doctor can use instruments attached to the endoscope to take tissue samples (biopsy) for further analysis.
Removing the endoscope:
The endoscope is carefully withdrawn from the mouth and the patient is monitored for any adverse reactions.
Note: This is a general outline and the procedure may vary slightly depending on the patient’s condition and the doctor’s approach.
Gastroscopy is a relatively safe procedure, but as with any medical intervention, there are some potential after-effects that can occur. Some common after-effects of a gastroscopy include:
Some patients may experience a sore throat due to the insertion of the endoscope into the mouth.
Nausea and vomiting:
Some patients may experience nausea and vomiting after the procedure due to the sedatives used during the procedure or irritation caused by the endoscope.
Bloating and gas:
Some patients may experience bloating and gas due to the air introduced into the stomach during the procedure.
Mild abdominal discomfort:
Some patients may experience mild abdominal discomfort due to the insertion of the endoscope.
Temporary changes in bowel movements:
Some patients may experience temporary changes in bowel movements after the procedure.
Results: The results of the biopsy, if taken, can take several days to a few weeks to be returned.
It is important to note that these after-effects are usually mild and resolve on their own within a few days. If the symptoms persist or worsen, it is recommended to contact the doctor for further evaluation.