What is a gastroscopy?


Gastroscopy, also known as upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, is a safe and minimally invasive examination to view the lining of the oesophagus (food pipe), stomach and small intestine.

It is used to diagnose stomach problems and perform biopsies (tissue samples for further study).

How it works

In a gastroscopy, your doctor will insert a long and flexible tube called a gastroscope through your mouth and carefully push it down the oesophagus to the stomach and the small intestine.

Why do you need a gastroscopy?

Your doctor may recommend a gastroscopy for the following reasons:

Diagnostic examination

If you have the following symptoms, your doctor may recommend a gastroscopy:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Upper abdominal pain that does not go away
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Bloating

Routine screening

If you have a history of ulcers or polyps, a gastroscopy allows your doctor to:


Your doctor may use a gastroscopy to:

  • Stop any bleeding from ulcers
  • Remove a foreign body you might have swallowed by accident, such as a fishbone
  • Remove polyps (non-cancerous growths)
  • Remove small stomach tumours

What are the risks and complications of a gastroscopy?

There are small risks of possible complications associated with gastroscopy. These include:

  • Reaction to the sedation
  • Burning sensation at the site of injection
  • Bleeding due to accidental damage to a blood vessel
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Irregular heartbeat

Why choose Mount Elizabeth Hospitals?

Mount Elizabeth Hospitals are established private hospitals in Singapore. Our experienced gastroenterologists are supported by modern facilities and a dedicated team of nurses.

We cater to a wide range of conditions related to the stomach and digestive system. We will guide you through the entire gastroscopy procedure and recovery process with your comfort and well-being in mind.

Estimated cost

Private healthcare can be affordable. Use our Hospital Bill Estimator to determine the estimated cost of this procedure. If you have hospital insurance, find out how you can use your insurance.

Our gastroenterologists and general surgeons

Mount Elizabeth Hospitals have a team of more than 20 skilled and experienced gastroenterologists and general surgeons to treat digestive conditions. We focus on achieving an accurate diagnosis the first time so you will receive the right treatment as soon as possible.

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