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Gastroscopy Singapore

Dr. John Hsiang – Specialist in Endoscopy and Gastrointestinal Diseases

When would I need a Gastroscopy?

A Gastroscopy (or upper GI endoscopy), is done by your Doctor to detect serious health conditions in the upper gastrointestinal tract. This includes the detection of cancerous polyps, inflammation, and Helicobacter Pylori inflammation.

This examination also helps your Doctor find out the cause of your symptoms and prescribe you the right treatment.

A gastroscopy is often done while you are asleep under sedation.

Some Symptoms that may require a Gastroscopy:

What is a Gastroscopy?

A Gastroscopy, also known as an Upper GI Endoscopy, is a procedure to examine the oesophagus (gullet), stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine).

It is done by having a gastroscope safely inserted through the mouth and maneuvered by your Doctor.

A gastroscope is a flexible tube with a camera attached to it. This gives your Doctor an internal view of your upper digestive system to detect abnormalities such as polyps, ulcers, inflammation, or cancerous growths along the mucosal lining.

If your Doctor discovers these issues during an examination, they can remove any polyps or tissues to be sampled for further investigation.

What is a Gastroscopy?

A Gastroscopy, also known as an Upper GI Endoscopy, is a procedure to examine the oesophagus (gullet), stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine).

It is done by having a gastroscope safely inserted through the mouth and maneuvered by your Doctor.

A gastroscope is a flexible tube with a camera attached to it. This gives your Doctor an internal view of your upper digestive system to detect abnormalities such as polyps, ulcers, inflammation, or cancerous growths along the mucosal lining.

If your Doctor discovers these issues during an examination, they can remove any polyps or tissues to be sampled for further investigation.

When a Gastroscopy may become necessary:

If you experience persistent or unexplained abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing heartburn, or sudden unexpected weight loss – you should consult the doctor for a Gastroscopy.

Another indication of needing a Gastroscopy is when there is a suspicion of bleeding in your upper digestive system due to vomiting blood or digested blood (which appears to look like coffee grounds) or black tarry stools. A Gastroscopy will likely stop the bleeding almost 90% of the time once its source is found.

It is worth noting that Asians and men are more prone to developing stomach cancer. Early screening can help patients receive treatment at a stage where the disease is still fully curable. During this procedure, biopsies can be taken from any polyps or suspicious areas of the digestive tract for further laboratory testing.

What happens during your procedure

Usually, a Gastroscopy is done while you are asleep due to the sedatives that will be administered to you. An anesthetic will also be sprayed into your throat to numb your swallowing sensation.

You will be placed on your side and given to wear a mouth guard to prevent yourself from biting on the scope. With the necessary preparations in place, your Doctor will proceed with the gastroscopy examination.

The whole procedure should take about 10 to 15 minutes and you should be discharged within the same day. You will be advised not to drive or operate machinery for the day due to the drowsiness you may feel from the sedatives.

What happens during your procedure

Usually, a Gastroscopy is done while you are asleep due to the sedatives that will be administered to you. An anesthetic will also be sprayed into your throat to numb your swallowing sensation.

You will be placed on your side and given to wear a mouth guard to prevent yourself from biting on the scope. With the necessary preparations in place, your Doctor will proceed with the gastroscopy examination.

The whole procedure should take about 10 to 15 minutes and you should be discharged within the same day. You will be advised not to drive or operate machinery for the day due to the drowsiness you may feel from the sedatives.

More Information

Yes, you may use your personal or corporate insurance plan to finance your procedure.

At Richmond Gastroenterology Centre, we aim to make your admissions process a smooth one.

It is our practice to work diligently with your insurance provider to obtain pre-authorisation certificates and Letters of Guarantee prior to any procedures.

You will be required to maintain an empty stomach and fasted 6 hours prior to the procedure. You will still be able to consume medications with sips of water. Blood-thinning medications though, may need to be put to a halt.

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FELLOWSHIP TRAINED SPECIALIST

Dr. John Hsiang

MBChB (NZ), FRACP (Australasia), MD (Doctorate), FRCP (Edinburgh), FAMS (Gastro)

Dr. John Hsiang is a Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist with more than 20 years of clinical experience in public and private practice.

Dr. John’s special clinical interests are in gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach conditions, fatty liver, and gastrointestinal cancer screening

Dr. John has spent more than five years in the Singhealth cluster serving in the Gastroenterology Department at Changi General Hospital and Sengkang General Hospital.

Clinical interests:

Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Diseases, Helicobacter Pylori Infection, Viral Hepatitis, Fatty Liver Diseases, Management of Abnormal Liver tests.

Dedicated Insurance Support

We understand that navigating the financial aspect of healthcare can be overwhelming. We welcome all patients with or without insurance and can assist with claims regardless of your personal or corporate insurance plan.

Here at Richmond Gastroenterology Centre, we strive to ensure the most efficient claims process for our patients. To that end, our team works diligently with their insurers to obtain Letters of Guarantee and pre-authorization certificates prior to any procedures.

Make an appointment to consult our Doctor.

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Dr. John Hsiang is an Accredited Specialist Across All Private Hospitals in Singapore.