Tel: 044 533 1530

Unit 5, Medico Baia Formosa
Muller Street
Plettenberg Bay

Gastroscopy procedures in Plettenberg Bay


Gastroscopy is a type of endoscopy whereby a special scope, or camera, is advanced down the oesophagus and into the stomach and duodenum in order to visually examine the lining of these structures and also to detect any abnormalities. The most common indication is to look for peptic ulcers which may be a cause of upper abdominal pain. If something suspicious is seen, a biopsy can be taken at the same time to confirm a diagnosis. Also, some lesions that are seen can be treated at the same time with special injections, bands, or certain types of clips, snares, and cautery. It has been proven for many years by many doctors to be a very safe and affective procedure. At our practice the actual gastroscopy is done under sedation to aid in your comfort.

To prepare for your gastroscopy, the only thing you have to do is not eat anything from 22h00 the night before. You may still take clear fluid, such as water, up to 4 hours before the procedure. The procedure is done in the endoscopy room at the practice or in theatre at the hospital where necessary, where you will be admitted as a day patient. The procedure takes approximately 15 minutes depending on exactly what is found and if any intervention is necessary. After the sedation has worn off, you will be free to go home.


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Dr Enzo Schroeder
MBChB (Pret) FCS (SA) MMed (Chir)(Stell)

Unit 5, Medico Baia Formosa, Muller Street, Plettenberg Bay

Practice: 044 533 1530

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