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Gastroscopy in Vienna

A gastroscopy is a procedure to examine the upper digestive tract, such as the esophagus (gullet), stomach, and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum) with an endoscope. Gastroscopy is sometimes referred to as an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. An endoscope is a thin and flexible tube that has a light and a camera at one end. The camera will send images of the inside of your upper digestive tract to a monitor. A gastroscopy is used to investigate problems (such as dysphagia and persistent abdominal pain), diagnose conditions (such as stomach ulcers), and treat conditions (such as small cancer tumors and bleeding ulcers).

Before the procedure, you will be asked to stop taking any medications for at least 2 weeks. You will also have to avoid food for at least 6 to 8 hours before a gastroscopy because food and water can interfere with the whole process. Your doctor will give you a local anesthetic spray to your throat to avoid pain and discomfort. You may also ask for a sedative if you wish. During the procedure, your doctor will ask you to lie flat on your left side. A smallmouth guard will be put between your teeth to stop you from biting the endoscope. Your surgeon will then place the endoscope inside your mouth and you will be instructed to swallow it down into your stomach. 

The procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes, but it may take longer if it is being used to treat a medical condition. You do not need to stay in the hospital after a gastroscopy, but you should plan to stay in the Vienna for at least 1 to 2 days to discuss the results. The recovery time will vary depending on what the procedure is being used for. You may need to rest for at least 24 hours and it is normal to feel drowsy or have a sore throat. Gastroscopy has a very high rate of success.

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