Gastroscopy (also known as oesophago-gastro-duodenoscopy, or OGD) is a common medical procedure in Hong Kong, using a flexible endoscope to diagnose lesions and diseases of the upper gastrointestinal tract, including the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. If you have indigestion, gastroesophageal reflux disease, dysphagia, or symptoms or diseases related to oesophageal or stomach cancer, you should follow your doctor’s advice and undergo a gastroscopy. For price and package of Endoscopy, please contact us for further details
Gastroscopy can be more accurate than X-ray in identifying the cause of the disease, allowing the doctor to observe the condition of the upper gastrointestinal tract on the screen instantly and to use different instruments to stop bleeding, remove polyps, etc., and to extract suspicious tissues for further biopsy. Please Contact Us for detained pricing and information of cystoscopy at HKMED.
Gastroscopy (OGD) Check-up
astroscopy is a simple procedure that can be completed in about 2 hours at day medical centre. Prior to gastroscopy, an anaesthetic procedure will be performed to minimise discomfort during the examination. Gastroscopy using a flexible tube of approximately 0.9 cm diameter is passed through the mouth into the body and the lining of the oesophagus, stomach and part of the duodenum will be examined. The entire gastroscopy generally takes about 15 to 20 minutes and the patient will be then taken to the recovery room where he/she will be checked with the vital-index device for further monitoring by a team of healthcare professionals.
Who needs gastroscopy?
Gastroscopy can help to check the problem occurring in stomach, if you have below symptoms or situation, you are recommend to do gastroscopy check-up:
- Family history with gastrointestinal tract cancer
- Benign tumors or polyps was found from stomach
- Affected H. pylori
- Stomach feeling not well after or before meals
- Feeling of heart burn
- Gastrointestinal bleedings
- Acid Reflux
- Upper abdominal pain
Is it dangerous to perform gastroscopy (OGD)?
Although gastroscopy is an invasive procedure, it is a safe check-up item. Patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, valvular heart disease, or those taking medication, however, should inform their doctor before the examination so that they are aware of their health condition. Patients should also contact the centre as soon as possible if they feel unwell after the examination or if they have any questions about the test results.
What does a gastroscopy look for?
By using gastroscopy, it can diagnosis disease from esophagus, stomach, or duodenum etc. digestive tract diseases, which included:
- Acid Reflux
- Stomach ulcer
- Duodenal ulcer
- Chronic gastritis
- Esophageal cancer
- Stomach cancer
Gastroscopy (OGD) Charges
Apart from public hospitals, there are many day medical centers, endoscopy centers, and private hospitals in the Hong Kong market that offer gastroscopy services at varying charges. The fees depend on factors such as anesthesia method (sedation or monitored anesthesia), consultation fees, basic medications, polyp removal, pathological testing, and surgery. To cater to different patient needs, HKMED provides various "Gastroscopy Packages" and "Cancer Screening Programs," with gastroscopy fees starting from HK$7,800. We utilize advanced high-resolution endoscopy systems with innovative narrow-band imaging and dual-focus modes, ensuring clear and accurate examination images. Our experienced medical team provides comprehensive care, including consultation, diagnosis, examination, and treatment.
For specific details regarding gastroscopy procedures, Elderly Health Care Voucher, medical cards, and insurance plans, it is recommended that patients inquire with the respective institutions for more information.
Types of Anaesthesia for Gastroscopy (OGD)
To reduce patient anxiety and discomfort during the entire gastroscopy, two types of anaesthesia are available at HKMED:
Intravenous sedation: the patient is injected with intravenous sedatives to relax for the gastroscopy examination.
Deep anaesthesia: through deep anaesthesia, patients can undergo gastroscopy without discomfort.
Preparing for Gastroscopy (OGD)
Patients need to fast for 6 hours before gastroscopy so that the doctor can examine the lining of the stomach more clearly. The patients should inform the doctor of any medication currently taking, or the suspect or confirmed pregnancy before the examination so that the doctor is aware of the patient’s condition. After the gastroscopy, the patient will be taken to the recovery room for a rest. Due to the use of sedatives, patients are advised to avoid operating heavy machinery, signing legal documents or driving for 24 hours after the examination.
No food or drink six hours before the procedure.
Please inform the doctor if you are taking any drugs or medications, particularly for diabetes or that could affect blood clotting
Please inform the doctor before the inspection if the patient is or might be pregnant.
Please take off any metal accessories, dentures & contact lenses and change surgical gown
1. Do I need to be admitted to hospital for gastroscopy?
Gastroscopy is a simple check-up that can be completed in about 2 hours after the doctor has assessed the patient’s physical condition and considered the procedure could be conducted at a day medical centre.
2. Do I need a referral letter for gastroscopy?
No referral letter is required for specialist services at HKMED, but if you need to apply for an insurance claim, you may need to check with your insurance company for the details of the claim.
3. Can I have a gastroscopy on the same day?
Same-day appointments for gastroscopy may not be available due to the need to abstain from food and drink for 6 hours prior to the gastroscopy. The usual procedure is to arrange an consultation with the doctor to understand the patient’s condition before arranging the appropriate examination and treatment.
4. How long does it take to recover after gastroscopy?
Anaesthesia will be used during gastroscopy to relax during the examination, it takes around an hour to recover after the procedure.
5. Is that pain during gastroscopy?
The procedure is not usually painful, but it may be unpleasant. In order to decrease the uncomfortable feeling, patient can discuss with your medical team with a suitable anaesthesia method.