Specialty of Gastroenterology

Gastroscopy is a procedure in which an endoscope is used to explore the digestive system. An endoscope is a thin, flexible tube with a small chamber at the end, and in some cases a light, which aims to obtain images of the interior of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. The patient is sedated for this procedure, as it causes discomfort. Once the patient is sedated, the specialist inserts the endoscopic tube through the mouth guides it through the digestive tract to assess its condition and to see if there are any diseases or conditions. In addition, gastroscopy is a procedure that has proved to be very useful in some cases, for example when there is the need to get tissue samples for biopsies or to remove polyps, etc. However, gastroscopy has side effects, which can be mild (such as abdominal pain or burning) or serious, such as perforation of some organs, bleeding, infections and possible allergic reactions.

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