Upper Gastrointestinal Tract Endoscopy
An upper gastrointestinal tract endoscopy is a procedure that may be performed for a number of reasons. Dr Roodt may recommend the procedure in cases where she needs to properly view the lining of the oesophagus, stomach, and the first section of the small intestine in order to diagnose conditions affecting these areas.
An upper gastrointestinal tract endoscopy is commonly performed to determine the cause of heartburn, but can also be used to determine the cause of abdominal pain, and to identify tumours and ulcers. During the procedure, Dr Roodt will use a special instrument known as an endoscope. The endoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a light and a camera attached to its end, allowing Dr Roodt to view the inside of the body in detail.
Before the procedure, Dr Roodt will administer an anaesthetic at the back of your throat. You may also be given a sedative to relax you before the procedure begins. You will be positioned on your side, and Dr Roodt will carefully insert an endoscope into your mouth, before guiding it down the oesophagus and into the stomach. The camera on the end of the endoscope will transmit images to a monitor, allowing Dr Roodt to view the lining of your upper gastrointestinal tract in detail. The endoscope also works to pump air into the stomach and upper intestine, which makes it easier to see these areas of the body.
During the procedure, Dr Roodt may take small tissue samples, which will be sent to a laboratory for further testing. She may also perform any other necessary procedures with the use of the endoscope.
The procedure typically takes around 15 to 30 minutes to complete when it is performed for diagnostic purposes.