Gastroscopy at Fitzwilliam Hospital


A gastroscopy, also known as an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, is an examination to look inside your oesophagus, stomach and top part of your small intestine (duodenum).

A thin, flexible tube called an endoscope is passed into these areas. It has a light and a camera at one end and the camera sends images of them to a monitor for your surgeon to see.

A gastroscopy is used to try and find out what is causing symptoms such as: heartburn, indigestion, persistent abdominal pain, repeated vomiting or vomiting blood, unexplained weight loss, anaemia, or if you’re having difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).

It can diagnose conditions such as stomach ulcers, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and Barrett's oesophagus, coeliac disease, and early signs of cancer. It can also treat conditions including bleeding ulcers, a blocked oesophagus, polyps and small cancerous tumours.

A gastroscopy is usually performed using a local anaesthetic as an outpatient procedure. A diagnostic gastroscopy takes under 15 minutes and a therapeutic gastroscopy to treat a condition will take longer. The endoscope is passed through your mouth, down your oesophagus and into your stomach so no incisions are required. 

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