For a gastroscopy, the physician places a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope through your mouth and into your esophagus, stomach and duodenum (which is the first portion of your small intestine). This procedure allows the doctor to examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract. It is a diagnostic procedure that allows for the physician, typically, a gastroenterologist, to detect any abnormal lesions or cancer.
Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy includes biopsy and/or excision of upper G.I. lesions where indicated. These can be removed during your procedure at the Holly Clinic. These specimens are sent to the pathology laboratory where the microscopic diagnosis is made.