Diagnostic and Therapeutic Gastroscopy
This procedure allows us to directly examine the mucosa (lining) of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. These are common locations of many important gastrointestinal diseases such as reflux disease, hiatus hernia, oesophageal and stomach cancers, oesophageal strictures, stomach and duodenal ulcers and coeliac disease.
Gastroscopy requires the stomach to be empty to provide us with the best possible views. During gastroscopy we are able to diagnose abnormalities by direct inspection and confirm the findings by biopsy and microscopic examination. We can also diagnose Helicobacter pylori which can lead to peptic ulcers and stomach cancer. Additionally, we can treat many disorders such as strictures (narrowing) of the oesophagus by dilatation (stretching).
Gastroscopy is performed at Southern Cross Endoscopy.