I have a question about the gastroscopy procedure

Why would I need a gastroscopy procedure?

A gastroscopy test, also known as an OGD (oesophago-gastro-duodenoscopy) procedure, can be used to:

It’s easy to make a self-pay gastroscopy appointment by completing our online booking form or by calling our Private Patient Team on 01580 363158.

What does a private gastroscopy procedure involve?

Gastroscopy is usually carried out as an outpatient procedure, which means you won't have to spend the night in hospital.

How should I prepare for my gastroscopy procedure?

To prepare for the OGD procedure, your throat will be numbed with a local anaesthetic spray. You may also be offered conscious sedation. This means you’ll still be awake, but you’ll feel drowsy and will be less aware of what’s going on around you.

At the start of the OGD test, the gastroscope is passed through your mouth, guided down your oesophagus and into your stomach during which you may feel a mild bit of discomfort. A gastroscopy test only takes about 10-15 minutes. Your Consultant may also take a biopsy.

How soon will I recover from my gastroscopy?

Once the gastroscopy test is complete, we’ll take you to our recovery room where our team will monitor you. Once you’ve fully recovered (usually within one to two hours), we’ll talk to you about returning to your regular diet and any aftercare that you need.

You may initially experience a mild sore throat or swollen feeling from the air that was used during the procedure. This will disappear quickly and can be helped along by gargling a saline solution.

You may feel groggy from the gastroscopy sedation, so someone will need to pick you up from hospital in a car or taxi and will need to stay with you for 24 hours. You should make sure you get plenty of rest during this time after your OGD procedure.

How much does a private gastroscopy procedure cost?

The cost of a gastroscopy test is listed in the endoscopy section of our treatment prices page. To find out more, complete our online form or call our Private Patient Team on 01580 363158.

Spread the cost of your private gastroscopy

Take advantage of payment plans through our trusted partner, Chrysalis, and spread the cost of your treatment. Fit your repayments into your monthly budget rather than having to find the full cost at the time of your treatment.

Watch our webinar on private endoscopy at Benenden Hospital

Dr Laurence Maiden, Consultant Gastroenterologist, discusses how speedy access to our private endoscopy service - delivered by kind and compassionate staff - is here to help you get better, fast.

Our Consultants

Dr Maiden

Laurence Maiden

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Dr Maiden's specialties include endoscopy, bowel cancer screening and capsule endoscopy.

Dr Baburajan

Bijay Baburajan

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Dr Baburajan's specialties include Crohn's Disease, IBS, IBD and reflux and pancreatic and bowel cancers.

Dr Bird

George Bird

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist

Dr Bird's specialties include acute and chronic liver disease and hepatobiliary disorders.

Dr Blaker

Paul Blaker

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Dr Blaker's specialties include luminal gastroenterology, IBD, IBS, diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy.

Dr Hanumantharaya

Doddaiah Hanumantharaya

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Dr Hanumantharaya's specialties are in management of gastroenterology diseases, liver and pancreas related diseases.

Dr Sharma

Hemant Sharma

Consultant Gastroenterologist

Dr Sharma's specialities include general gastroenterology, interventional endoscopy, ERCP and hepatobiliary medicine.

Holly Wilde, RN

Holly Wilde

Registered Nurse

Holly's specialties include assisting with endoscopy procedures, EVLT surgery, Mona Lisa Touch and Urolift.

Contact us about a gastroscopy procedure

It's easy to find out more about treatment by giving us a call or completing our enquiry form.