What is a Gastroscopy?
The gastroscope is a flexible viewing tube which is used to examine disorders of the oesophagus, stomach and first part of the small bowel (duodenum). Through the gastroscope these organs can be visualised and, if it is considered appropriate, biopsies (or small tissue samples) can be taken for pathological examination and diagnosis.
Your doctor may want to perform a gastroscopy for a variety of reasons including abdominal pain or chest pain, nausea, vomiting, swallowing difficulties, reflux or heartburn, bleeding, indigestion, upper abdominal bloating and weight loss.
- If you are scheduled for a morning procedure you should have nothing to eat or drink, including water, from midnight the night before. If your procedure is scheduled for the afternoon (after 1pm) then you can have a light breakfast prior to 7am but then nothing to eat or drink, including water.
- Medications: please discuss with you specialist, GP or contact the Centre for advice.
- Please arrive at the center at your given appointment time.
- Please present your doctor’s referral to our reception staff, who will confirm your booking.
- You will be asked to fill in some paperwork providing us with your medical history and relevant personal details. Click Here to download the Admission Form.
- You will have a short wait in the waiting room.
- An Endoscopy Nurse will escort you to a consulting room where we will take further detailed history and explain your procedure. Please take this opportunity to ask any questions.
- You will then have a consultation by the Endoscopist & Anaesthetist.
- For Gastroscopy you will be asked to change into a patient gown.
- You will then be escorted into theatre for your procedure.
- Your appointment time is your arrival time to be at our Centre and not your procedure time. You can expect to be at the Centre for 2 to 4 hours.
- We will usually ask you to complete and return the Admission Form prior to the day of your procedure so your health information can be reviewed by our nursing team.
- You must organize a responsible adult to take you home after your procedure as you are not able to drive or take a taxi by yourself for the remainder of the day. Public transport is not recommended even with the aid of an adult companion.
- We recommend that you are supervised by an adult for the first 24 hours following your procedure.
- Please leave all jewelry and valuables at home.
What to bring
- Your referral
- Your Health Insurance Membership details
- Any concession and Medicare cards
- Wear loose comfortable clothing and footwear
After the Procedure
- Following your procedure the nurses will monitor your progress in the recovery room.
- When you have recovered sufficiently the nurses will prepare you for discharge and the receptionist will contact your transport / companion.
- IMPORTANT - you will require a responsible adult to escort you home and supervise you for the first 24 hours.
- You will be given written and verbal discharge information and a copy of your procedure report. This will be a comprehensive record of your procedure and expected recovery.
- You can call the center at any time to discuss your progress with our nurses.
- After your discharge you should go home and rest.
- Some throat discomfort may occur after a gastroscopy. This may be relieved by drinking a warm drink. If you had an esophageal dilatation, you may only have oral fluids until 7pm then a soft food diet until the next day.
- Resume your normal medications unless advised otherwise.
- If you experience severe chest pain or vomit blood you should seek urgent medical advice.
- You should not drive a car or any other vehicle, or operate dangerous machinery for the remainder of the day, even if you feel unaffected.
You can call our Nurse Unit Manager on the following after hours number 0418 335 144 if you have any concerns.