Upper GI Surgery
HCA hospitals offer upper GI endoscopy (UGI) to check for cancer, ulcers and acid reflux damage. The procedure involves swallowing a thin, flexible tube, which is passed down the throat and into the stomach, allowing a doctor to look inside the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum (the top of your bowel). It usually takes between 15 minutes and an hour, and patients are able to return home shortly afterwards.
When you have an upper GI endoscopy at one of our hospitals:
- we have one of the largest fully integrated GI facilities in the private sector, so you know you are in safe hands
- our team of senior consultants include distinguished surgeons, physicians, radiologists, pathologists and oncologists, who have access to the latest diagnostic and endoscopic technology, helping speed up diagnosis and treatment
- we use a multi-disciplinary approach, bringing together the combined experience of consultants specialising in upper and lower GI conditions, and specialists in endoscopy
You can choose the consultant and hospital most convenient for you by simply entering the treatment into our ‘Consultant finder’.
With us, you can be sure you are getting the best treatment available. When you have any treatment in one of our units or hospitals, you will experience a number of benefits:
- Access to consultants who are experts in their field, working with the latest treatments and leading technologies in state-of-the-art facilities that smaller private hospitals cannot match.
- We are London’s leading private hospital group, treating 400,000 patients each year. This volume drives excellence and experience. In the last 10 years we have invested £500 million in the latest treatments, technologies and medication, many of which are not available on the NHS or via smaller private hospitals.
- You can be confident that we can take care of all your treatment needs. We are the only private hospital group to offer such an extensive range of treatments for patients of all ages.
- No waiting time. Your care will start as soon as you're ready.
- Your safety is protected. Some private hospitals don’t have any on-site critical care facilities in the event of an emergency. Our consultants have access to more critical care beds 24/7 than any other private healthcare group in the UK. If you need urgent care you’ll receive it instantly – it’s very rare for us to transfer patients to another hospital. Our rates of MRSA are nearly five times lower than the national average. And we have zero recorded cases of some other common infections.
What to do next
Once you have decided that you would like to be treated at an HCA hospital, or would like further information, here's what to do next:
- Call one of our advisors on +44 (0) 20 7079 4399 or complete our web enquiry form.
- Check with your insurance company that your policy covers your treatment, and obtain authorisation.
- Visit or call your GP to obtain a referral letter and then call us to make an appointment to visit your chosen consultant and hospital at a time to suit you.
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