Gastroscopy - Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Whom should I consult for gastroscopy?

You must consult a gastroenterologist.

2. How long does it take to perform gastroscopy?

The procedure of gastroscopy lasts for around 20-45 minutes.

3. How do I prepare for gastroscopy?

Preparing a patient for gastroscopy -

  • The duodenum and stomach must be empty during gastroscopy so that the physician's view is not blocked by particles of food. If the test is scheduled in the morning, you must not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the test. If the test is scheduled in the afternoon, a liquid diet- such as juice, coffee, tea, or broth is recommended for breakfast. Do not eat or drink anything for at least 6 hours before the exam.
  • You can continue taking any important medications that the physician has prescribed. Simply take them with a small sip of water at least two hours before your appointment. This allows time for the tablets to dissolve completely.
  • Antacids should not be taken on the day of the test.
  • Smoking should be avoided as tobacco changes the normal color of the stomach lining.

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wesg1999

what site do i need to visit concerning rubber band placed oround blood vessells inthe esophagus

SMitchem22

No freakin way! Im not getting that done, it sounds painful!

guest

Well i jst found out i have to go for one on the 18th Dec 2009. I am realy dreading it. Will let you know how it went :[

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