This section provides information on upper GI endoscopy.
This procedure is also known as an OGD (oesophago-gastroduodenoscopy) as it inspects the (o)esophagus, (g)astro (stomach) and (d)uodenum. Endoscopy can be performed awake or under sedation to help you relax.
An upper endoscopy is where a surgeon uses an endoscope—a flexible tube with a camera—to look at the lining of your oesophagus (gullet), your stomach and around the first bend of your small intestine (duodenum).
Mr Griffiths is a fully JAG accredited upper GI endscopist
In addition to standard, diagnostic upper GI endoscopy, Mr Griffiths regularly performs
- Biopsy and polypectomy
- Barrett’s surveillance biopies
- Oesophageal dilatation for benign and post-surgical strictures (or narrowings)
- Oesophageal stent insertion
- Balloon dilatation for achalasia
Endoscopy can be used to diagnose a variety of oesophageal and stomach disorders including cancer.
The most sensitive way of investigating any problems with swallowing (dysphagia) and concerning symptoms from the oesophagus or stomach is a flexible upper GI endoscopy.
These symptoms might include indigestion, heartburn, vomiting, regurgitation, weight loss, and anaemia. The test involves asking you to swallow a small long flexible tube with a camera built into the end which allows examination of the lining of the upper gut. Is is performed with either a spray to numb the throat or an injection of a drug that makes you sleepy and forgetful (sedation). The procedure takes 5-10 minutes and is done as a day case which means you can go home shortly afterwards (provided you have someone with you if sedation is used). Complications are very uncommon.
Certain symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing or vomiting and weight loss should be investigated URGENTLY as these symptoms could be related to a cancer diagnosis. This can be done through your GP.