Gastroscopy is done with a flexible instrument with a very small HD camera at the tip. Oral pharynx, esophagus, stomach and duodenum are examined.
Preparation for the gastroscopy procedure is very easy. Only 6 hours of fasting is enough. If you are using aspirin or a similar blood thinner, you need to cut it at least 3 days ago. If there are medications you use regularly, you should tell your doctor.
Deep sedation (deep sleep) is performed by an anesthesiologist through a thin vein that opens from the arm before the procedure. In this way, the person does not feel the operation at all . The process takes about 30-40 minutes. A gastroscopy, in which the stomach and esophagus are examined in detail, should last at least 30 minutes. In general, everything returns to normal and the person feels good 30 minutes after the anesthesia. However, I still recommend not doing any work that requires 2-3 hours of attention. There is no bloating, nausea, pain or vomiting after the procedure.
With gastroscopy, a biopsy can be taken from the stomach, esophagus, duodenum, interfering with bleeding, or corrected by intervention if there is a blockage. A blood thinning drug or alcohol should not be used for 2 days after gastroscopy.
Gastroscopy is performed in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus due to complaints of stomach pain, bloating or bleeding. It is not used for cancer screening. However, I strongly recommend that people with a family history of stomach cancer have an annual gastroscopy.