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Gastrointestinal endoscopy

Gastroscopy (Colonoscopy Dual Procedure)

A dual procedure where a flexible tube is used to look inside the oesophagus, stomach, intestines and bowel

Payment options avaliable: This treatment offers fixed price packages

About gastrointestinal endoscopy

In a gastroscopy and colonoscopy dual procedure a thin, flexible tube with a camera on the end (an endoscope) is inserted into the oesophagus, stomach, intestines and bowel. The camera sends images of inside your body to a monitor. It can be used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

Gastrointestinal endoscopy Fixed Price Packages

At HCA UK we recognise the importance of giving our patients peace of mind. That's why our guaranteed fixed prices are fully inclusive, with no hidden extras.

Need to know

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    For the gastroscopy, your throat will be numbed with a local anaesthetic spray. The consultant will then guide a tube down your oesophagus and into your stomach. For the colonoscopy, your consultant will place a different tube into your large bowel through your anus. For both procedures you can choose to have a sedative injection, to help you feel more comfortable and relaxed. A gastroscopy takes around 15 minutes, while a colonoscopy takes around 45 minutes. Both procedures shouldn't be painful, but they may be uncomfortable at times.
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    Certain medications, such as those used to treat diabetes and indigestion and blood-thinners, may need to be stopped before the procedure. It's important to let your consultant know in advance about all the medications you are taking. You'll usually be asked not to eat for approximately eight hours and to stop drinking several hours before. Exact timings should be discussed with your consultant. For the colonoscopy you will be given a laxative to take the day before. This is so that your bowel can be seen clearly during the procedure. You should stay at home to be near a toilet.
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    After the procedures, you'll be taken to the recovery area. If you didn't have a sedative you can usually go home soon afterwards. If you did, you'll need to rest for a few hours until the sedative has worn off. You'll also need to arrange for someone to collect you and stay with you for 24 hours as you may be less alert during this time. Before you're discharged, your consultant might be able to explain the results of the procedure to you. You may need to have an appointment a few days later to discuss the results. Your consultant will tell you if you need to make any changes to your diet during the hours or days after returning home.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

We offer this procedure at a fixed price at some of our facilities.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics. ‚Äč

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street


    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments. 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Wellington Hospital

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 0207 908 8001
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • The Princess Grace Hospital Facility

    The Endoscopy Centre

    42-52 Nottingham Place


    W1U 5NY

    Call 020 7079 4344

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    London Digestive Centre

    41 Welbeck Street


    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 3813 9497
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm

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    London Digestive Health

    41 Welbeck Street, 2nd Floor


    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 7616 7645

  • London Digestive Health

    London Digestive Surgery

    41 Welbeck Street


    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 3131 5319
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm
    All of our upper GI and colorectal consultant are at our Chiswick clinic on Saturdays

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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