Gastroscopy or Endoscopy

(Stomach Examination)

Summary

This is a procedure where a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope is used to examine the stomach. It usually takes around 15 minutes. It has a light and a camera at one end, and this displays images of the inside of your body on a monitor. A gastroscopy can also be used to treat various problems. Small tools can be passed through the endoscope to perform procedures such as:

  • the repair of bleeding ulcers
  • giving nutrition if you’re unable to eat
  • the removal of polyps or early-stage cancerous tumours
  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require. If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the best consultant for you to see. For more information, call our sales advisors on 01622 237 727 or email enquiries@kims.org.uk. .

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.

    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests). Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further. If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital. Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

  • Prices

    The table below shows the approximate price for this treatment, which may vary depending on your individual case (see what’s included below).

    Patient pathwayDiagnostic investigationsMain treatmentPost-discharge careGuide Price
    Hospital feesn\a£1,450Included£1,450
    Guide priceNil£1,450Nil£1,450
  • What’s Included

    The fixed price package above includes all the costs associated with this treatment at KIMS Hospital. You will be given a quote prior to admission to confirm this cost. The amount you are quoted may differ from the published price for a number of reasons:

    • The Consultant you choose
    • Your medical history and whether you have any associated medical conditions which may impact this treatment
    • The type of anaesthetic your Consultant advises is best for you
    • The type of implant or drug you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you

    In some cases, if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions, it may not be possible to provide you with a fixed price for your Main Treatment. If this is the case, the hospital will discuss the available options with you. Your quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

The procedure is often carried out under sedation rather than general anaesthetic. So while you won’t be asleep you’ll be drowsy and have little awareness of what’s happening. Sometimes the throat is numbed with a local anaesthetic spray. The endoscope will be placed in the back of your mouth and you will be asked to swallow the first part of the tube. It will then be guided down your oesophagus and into your stomach. Following the procedure you will be taken to your room, and it is usual to be able to leave hospital the same day, dependent on the nature of your procedure.

To find out more: If you would like to come to KIMS, contact our sales advisors on 01622 237 727 or email enquiries@kims.org.uk.  

Our Consultants

  • Dr Paul Kitchen

    MBBS, MA, PhD, FRCP

    • Colonoscopy
    • Gastroscopy or Endoscopy
  • Dr Adrian Barnardo

    BMedSci(Hons) BM BS MD FRCP AGAF

    • Colonoscopy
    • Gastroscopy or Endoscopy
    • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Dr George Bird

    MA MB BS MD FRCP FEBG

    • Colonoscopy
    • Gastroscopy or Endoscopy
  • Dr Bijay Baburajan

    MB BS MD PHD MRCP

    • Colonoscopy
    • Gastroscopy or Endoscopy
  • Mr Neil Kukreja

    MBBS, MSc FRCS

    • Colonoscopy
    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
    • Gastroscopy or Endoscopy
    • Haemorrhoid Treatment (HALO Procedure)
    • Haemorrhoidectomy
    • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Mr William Garrett

    MBBS  BSc  FRCS (Eng)  FRCS (Gen Surg)

    • Colonoscopy
    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
    • Gastroscopy or Endoscopy
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair
    • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Professor Henk Wegstapel

    MD, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Gen Surg)

    • Colonoscopy
    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
    • Gastroscopy or Endoscopy
    • Haemorrhoidectomy
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair
    • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Mr Yasser Abdul Aal

    MB BCh, MS, MD, FRCSI, FRCS (Gen Surg)

    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
    • Gastroscopy or Endoscopy