I perform diagnostic and therapeutic upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and am highly experienced in the management of oesophageal varices.
An endoscope is a lit, flexible tube that is inserted through either your throat or your anus and relays images of its journey through the body to a television screen. It can take between 15-60 minutes to carry out and is usually performed on an outpatient basis, with the patient under either local anaesthetic or a sedative.
Upper Gastrointestinal endoscopies are carried out to internally examine the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. Using this procedure any ulcers, inflammation, tumours, infection or bleeding can be discovered and biopsies can be conducted if necessary.
Oesophageal varices occur in the lower third of the oesophagus and refer to extremely dilated veins that have a strong likelihood of bleeding. These are commonly caused by cirrhosis and can be diagnosed by an endoscopy.