Upper GI endoscopy
This 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, using local anaesthetic throat spray, or under sedation to help you relax and sleep.
Why might I need an endoscopy?
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 examining symptoms from the oesophagus, stomach or duodenum is a flexible upper GI endoscopy. Newer telescopes are thin (10mm in thickness) and flexible, meaning the procedure is relatively comfortable.
Symptoms which might lead to patients requiring an OGD include indigestion, heartburn, vomiting, regurgitation, weight loss, or 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. It 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 less than 5 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 and the procedure is normally extremely safe.
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.
What training has Mr Griffiths had in Endoscopy?
Mr Griffiths is a fully JAG accredited upper GI endoscopist, meaning that he has been specially trained and accredited in performing this procedure. He performs around 300 procedures every year.
In addition to standard, diagnostic upper GI endoscopy, Mr Griffiths regularly performs:
- Barrett’s surveillance biopsies
- Oesophageal dilatation for benign and post-surgical strictures (or narrowing)
- Oesophageal stent insertion
- Balloon dilatation for achalasia
- Botox injections for achalasia