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Gastroduodenoscopy is medically termed as oesophagogastroduodenoscopy(OGD Scopy), and simply put - the upper endoscopy is an outpatient procedure that helps the medical professional to visualize the upper digestive system. The process provides valuable information on the diagnosis and treatment of specific diseases that affect the oesophagus, stomach and the duodenum (or small intestine).

Indications for an upper endoscopy

  • Evaluation for signs of upper GI diseases such as dyspepsia, dysphagia, and recurrent emesis to name a few
  • To survey the upper GI area for cancer (Barrett oesophagus, polyposis syndrome etc.)
  • Conducting a biopsy for malabsorption, Infections and neoplasms
  • For therapeutic reasons – removal of foreign bodies, dilation of stricture, gastrostomy placement etc.
  • May be done in combination with other procedures such as Ultrasound

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Technology The EGD procedures uses :

  • A small flexible endoscope inserted through the pharynx, oesophagus, stomach and duodenum
  • Smaller-caliber endoscopes are inserted through the nose
  • A long enteroscope to move beyond a particular point and into the jejunum
  • Video chip or charge coupled device used for better imaging
  • Older technology uses fiber optics for image transmission

Procedure at Dr. Jacob’s Hospital

  • At the hospital it is ensured that patient is extremely comfortable
  • The test is usually conducted on an empty stomach
  • A qualified nurse is always present throughout the procedure
  • A local anaesthetic may be sprayed or an injection is administered for sedation
  • The whole process approximately about 1 to 2 hours
  • Patient will thereafter rest for about 30 minutes after the procedure

Jacob’s Hospital, Kochi is a professional center where every patient is treated with personalized care and empathy. All questions and concerns regarding the procedure and its outcomes are thoroughly discussed with the patient prior to the examination. A brief medical assessment may be carried out before hand.

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