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Gastroscopy

Gastroscopy

 Gastroscopy is a procedure in which a thin and flexible tube is inserted through the mouth and esophagus into the stomach for inspection, taking tissue samples or making minor repairs. The endoscope is equipped with a camera that sends images of the inside of the body to a monitor. Gastroscopy is also denominated upper endoscopy, because the standard device used is an endoscope, which in this case is designed to examine and in some cases treat conditions affecting the upper section of the digestive system.

Conditions Diagnosed and Treated with Gastroscopy Procedure

Gastroscopy is recommended for individuals who suffer from a number of stomach and gut-related problems such as:

  • Dysphagia or difficulty swallowing
  • Persistent abdominal paingastroscopy_Small
  • Persistent vomiting and nausea
  • Odynophagia or painful swallowing
  • Heartburn and chronic acid reflux
  • Persistend dyspepsia
  • Upper gastrointestinal bleeding

Some other conditions can be treated using tiny tools attached to the endoscope. Among them we find:

  • Bleeding ulcers and veins repair
  • Blocked esophagus widening
  • Non-cancerous growths (polyps) or early-stage cancerous tumors removal
  • Treatment of esophageal varices
  • Injection therapy
  • Drainage of pancreatic pseudoyst

Some of these treatments may be performed through another endoscopic medical procedure called percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, in which a PEG tube is passed into the patient’s stomach through the abdominal wall. Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy is performed when the oral intake is not adequate, due to dysphagia or sedation.

Gastroscopy cost depends on the additional services required (biopsy, tissue repair). Prices can range between $350 and $1,200.

The Gastroscopy Procedure

Usually done as an outpatient procedure under sedation or local anesthetics, gastroscopy can take around 15-30 minutes, depending on the purpose.

The doctor places the endoscope in the back of the mouth and then guides it into the esophagus until the stomach.

Some common risks for gastroscopy include internal bleeding, adverse effects from anesthetics and tearing of the inner tissue.

Gastroscopy Cost

There are very attractive gastroscopy procedure offers for medical tourists: prices can be vastly reduced, especially if the patient is having additional procedures (including accommodation, anesthetics, consultation and surgical services). In U.S. hospitals gastroscopy cost can range from $350 to $1,200, when extra pathology and surgical services are involved, whereas, abroad expenses may be just a fraction of this sum.

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