Upper GI (gastrointestinal) endoscopy and dilation, also called gastroscopy and dilation or oesophageal dilation is the stretching (dilation) of your oesophagus to widen narrowed areas to improve your swallowing.
At Ramsay Health Care UK, you will receive comprehensive advice from experienced specialists who routinely perform upper GI endoscopy and dilation procedures. You can book your appointment at a convenient time without having to wait.
Many of our hospitals have purpose-built and dedicated endoscopy units. These units have the latest equipment and are JAG accredited for their high-quality endoscopy services.
As a Ramsay patient, your safety is our utmost concern. All of our hospitals follow strict protocols to control and prevent infection, including Covid 19.
An upper GI endoscopy and dilation is used if you have difficulty swallowing due to a narrowed oesophagus. It involves carefully stretching the wall of your oesophagus. A gastroscope lets your doctor see inside your oesophagus and they then insert and inflate a balloon to help stretch it.
The procedure for an endoscopy of the upper GI involves carefully passing a tube with a light and camera on the end, called a gastroscope, through your mouth and to your oesophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first part of your small intestine). Air and then water may be passed down the tube to give your doctor a clearer view.
An upper GI endoscopy and dilation involves passing a balloon through the gastroscope and into your narrowed oesophagus area. The balloon is then inflated to stretch the narrowing.
A gastroenterologist performs an upper GI endoscopy usually under local anaesthetic and sometimes a sedative as well. It typically takes 15 to 30 minutes.
An endoscopy of the upper GI:
An upper GI endoscopy can help diagnose conditions that affect the upper GI tract including your oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. These may include:
Straight after your upper GI endoscopy and dilation procedure we will monitor you until you are ready to go home.
If you had a sedative, you will need to wait for this to wear off. You will also need a friend or family member drive you home and stay with you for up to 24 hours.
You may have a sore throat and feel bloated for the rest of the day. This will pass.
It is advisable to drink plenty of fluids. You can resume eating the same day or the next day.
You should be able to go back to your usual activities the day after the procedure.
We will discuss with you any treatment or follow-up you need.
You will receive a formal quotation price following your consultation with one of our expert surgeons. This formal quote for your upper GI endoscopy and dilation procedure will be valid for 60 days and includes unlimited aftercare.
Ramsay is recognised by all major medical insurers. An upper GI endoscopy and dilation procedure is covered by most medical insurance policies. We advise you to obtain written authorisation from your insurance provider before starting your treatment.
We have a number of finance options if you are paying for your upper GI endoscopy and dilation procedure yourself. These include:
Ultrasound is a safe and widely used sound wave scan that produces pictures of the inside of your body to help doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions.
A gastroscopy examination allows your doctor to look inside your upper digestive tract to investigate symptoms, confirm a diagnosis, and treat conditions of your stomach, oesophagus, or duodenum.
MRI is a sophisticated method of producing detailed images of the body's internal structures.
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