Gastroscopy

An OGD or gastroscopy is where a thin, flexible tube with a camera on the end is inserted via the mouth to investigate the oesophagus, stomach, and small intestine.

Common questions

What is a gastroscopy?

A gastroscopy is also known as an OGD (oesophago-gastro-duodenoscopy). It is a process whereby a thin, flexible tube with a camera on the end is inserted via the mouth to investigate the oesophagus, stomach and small intestine.

Why would I have a gastroscopy?

You might have a gastroscopy if your consultant would like to investigate any issues with your oesophagus, stomach or small intestine.

What happens during a gastroscopy?

During a gastroscopy, your consultant or endoscopist will study the area and see if there are any problems, and will also take biopsies if necessary.

What should I expect after a gastroscopy?

You will be allowed to return home not long after the procedure is complete. If you have had your gastroscopy under sedation, you will need to wait until the effects of the sedation have worn off.

Most patients find they do not require any pain relief after the procedure, but this can be provided if required.

Contact Benenden Hospital

It’s easy to make an appointment; you can ask your GP or give us a call on 01580 230661.