The upper digestive tract Endoscopy (also known as oral endoscopy, oesophagogastroduodenoscopy, gastroscopy, or video gastroscopy), is a technique that allows for the exploration of the upper digestive system (from the mouth to the second duodenal part).
To do so, a long flexible tube is used, introducing it into the mouth; this tube has a camera at its distal end that projects real time images onto a monitor.
This is an out-patient procedure performed under sedation so that the patient feels no pain during the procedure. It is very useful for the diagnosis of different diseases such as oesophageal varices, hiatal hernias, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcers, gastritis, polyps, tumours, etc.
It also allows for the taking of samples and the performance of different treatments for certain diseases. The duration of the procedure varies, but it is a generally quick technique.
In spite of being considered a safe technique with a low rate of complications, the upper digestive Endoscopy must be performed by specialized endoscopic doctors at prepared centres and units.
ServiDigest Medical/Surgical Centre has a unit that specializes in the endoscopic treatment of digestive and metabolic pathologies.