In gastroscopy, the upper part of the digestive tract (oesophagus, stomach and duodenum) is examined using a thin, flexible tube system (gastroscope). If changes in the mucous membrane, such as inflammation, are found, tissue samples (biopsies) are routinely taken without pain.
After the examination, a detailed discussion of the (preliminary) result takes place and you will receive a written report with a photo and a (preliminary) therapy recommendation.
All tissue samples must be histopathologically analysed (assessment of changes in the mucous membrane, clarification of a possible bacterial infection with Helicobacter pylori, etc.). This evaluation takes an average of 4 - 5 days.
You will receive the histopathological findings, including an explanation and any other therapeutic measures that may be required, by e-mail, post or during a personal appointment in the office.
All findings are usually forwarded to your referring family doctor.
In order to make the examination as pleasant as possible, there is the option of receiving a sedative / sleep-inducing drug (Dormicum® / Propofol) (sedoanalgesia). As a result, gastroscopy is usually painless and is hardly noticed.
Please note that you must not actively participate in road traffic for 24 hours after administration of this sedative / sleep-inducing drug!
Please come to your gastroscopy appointment with an empty stomach.
This means that you are not allowed to eat or drink for 6 hours before the examination. You can drink sips of water up to 2 hours before gastroscopy (no more than 1 small glass).
Please notify us if you are taking any anticoagulant medication (e.g. Thrombo-Ass®, Plavix®, Clopidogrel, Xarelto®, Marcoumar,...) when making an appointment.
If tissue samples (biopsies) were taken as part of the gastroscopy, you will usually receive an additional medication to protect the stomach. You may drink cold / lukewarm drinks again in sips immediately after the examination. You can eat easily digestible food again two hours after gastroscopy.
Gastroscopy lasts an average of 20-30 minutes.
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