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Dr. Reyaz M Singaporewalla’s Expertise in Upper and Lower Gastrointestinal Health Assessment

Explore your Gut Health with Gastroscopy 

Are you experiencing persistent stomach pain, acid reflux, or unexplained weight loss? Do you have anaemia, altered bowel habits, bloating or bleeding in stools? These symptoms might be signalling an underlying issue in your digestive system and warrant further testing with endoscopy. Preventive endoscopic screening of the stomach and colon in certain high-risk individuals with a strong personal or family history of gastrointestinal cancer also helps in early detection and timely diagnosis. 

What is Gastroscopy?

Gastroscopy, a minimally invasive and highly effective endoscopic procedure in Singapore that can help diagnose and treat a wide range of gastric and duodenal problems. Gastroscopy is an examination of the inside of your upper digestive tract, including throat, oesophagus and stomach and the duodenum which is the initial part of your small intestine.

The procedure is performed using a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope, which has a light and camera at its tip. This allows doctors to have an internal view of the organs involved, helping to identify any abnormalities or issues. 

gastroscopy endoscopy
A gastroscope, with a light and camera at the tip, explores various parts of the upper gastrointestinal tract.

Why do I need a Gastroscopy?

  • Diagnostic precision: gastroscopy enables our medical professionals to visually inspect the upper digestive organs, helping to diagnose conditions such as ulcers, inflammation, and tumours with high precision.
  • Therapeutic intervention: beyond diagnosis, gastroscopy allows for therapeutic interventions, including removing polyps, stopping bleeding, and dilating strictures.

Who can benefit from a Gastroscopy procedure in Singapore?

  • Symptoms and indications: individuals experiencing symptoms such as persistent heartburn, difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), abdominal pain, or unexplained weight loss may benefit from gastroscopy. It is also a valuable tool for investigating the cause of gastrointestinal bleeding or anaemia.
  • Preventive screening: in some cases, gastroscopy may be recommended as a preventative screening tool, especially for those with a family history of gastrointestinal conditions or specific risk factors.
Difficulty swallowing can be diagnosed and treated using a gastroscopy.

What should I expect during a Gastroscopy?

Gastroscopies are typically outpatient procedures, which means you should be able to return home on the same day. You can expect the following during a gastroscopy: 

  • Patient preparation: before the procedure, ask for detailed instructions from your physician on how to prepare for the procedure. Typically, you will be asked to refrain from eating or drinking for a specific period of time before the examination.
  • During the procedure: you will be given a local anaesthetic to numb your throat, after which the doctor will insert the gastroscope through your mouth and down your oesophagus. In some cases, air may be pumped into your stomach to inflate it and provide a more precise look around your stomach walls. The camera at the tip will then transmit images to a monitor, allowing your doctor to examine your upper digestive tract thoroughly. If polyps or abnormalities are found, your doctor may take tissue samples, remove polyps, or perform other necessary procedures.
  • After the procedure: you will be monitored until the anaesthetic wears off. You might experience a mild sore throat or bloating afterwards, which should pass in a few hours after your procedure.

What are the benefits of a Gastroscopy procedure in Singapore?

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Accurate diagnosis
  • Immediate therapeutic interventions, e.g., polyps removal, cessation of bleeding
  • Early detection or prevention of colon cancer
  • Effective and safe

What are the risks or complications of a Gastroscopy?

Like all medical procedures, there are some risks involved with a gastroscopy. However, these risks are extremely rare, and gastroscopies are considered safe and low-risk. Potential risks and complications of a gastroscopy include:

  • Allergic reaction to anaesthesia
  • Bleeding or infection of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Perforation or tear in the gastrointestinal tract lining

At ACE Specialist Surgery and Endoscopy Centre (link to home), we prioritise patient safety and take every precaution to minimise risks. We understand the significance of digestive health in overall well-being. Gastroscopy is a cornerstone of our commitment to providing comprehensive patient care. 

Whether you are seeking a diagnosis for troubling symptoms or considering preventive screening, our expert team is here to guide you through the process with compassion and expertise. Schedule a consultation today and take a proactive step towards optimal digestive wellness with gastroscopy at ACE Specialist Surgery and Endoscopy Centre.

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Reyaz Moiz

Dr Reyaz Singaporewalla
Senior Consultant Endocrine and General Surgeon

MBBS (Bom), MS (Surg), DNB (Surg), FRCS (Edin), MMed (Singapore), FRCSEd.