A gastroscopy is a procedure that is usually done under sedation where a camera at the end of a tube is passed through your mouth into the oesophagus through the stomach and finally into the duodenum. It is used to provide high resolution imaging of the gastrointestinal tract and diagnose any abnormality as well as take biopsies to aid a diagnosis depending on the individual patient history, clinical examination and radiological findings. The sedation that you have will make you drowsy and less likely to feel or remember anything during the procedure.
On occasion you may need to have a full general anaesthetic for a gastroscopy. This would only be requested if it was deemed the safest thing to do given your particular history or condition. This is often done for patients requiring interventional endoscopy; an area that Dr. Niruben specialises in.
He has extensive knowledge in endoscopic diagnosis and intervention for both benign and malignant conditions related to the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum.
The endoscope is in the hands of the doctor

On the Day of Gastroscopy

  1. Generally patients should fast from solid foods for 8 hours and have no clear fluids for 2 hours before (this may vary for given conditions, please adhere to instructions given to you by your surgeon or anaesthetist)
  2. You will need to be dropped off and picked up the same day
  3. Please bring your private health insurance details, medicare card, pension card and a list of medications