Endoscopy (UGI Endoscopy) in Spain

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About the Endoscopy (UGI Endoscopy)

Gastroscopy is also called as upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. Gastric endoscopy test is a diagnostic procedure used by the physician to inspect the inside of the throat, esophagus, stomach, and upper intestine. While endoscopy test is considered as a surgical procedure, it does not involve any incision. Instead the physician will pass a flexible tube called endoscope or gastroscope through the mouth, stomach, and digestive tract. The tube has a tiny video camera mounted on its tip. It also contains a small tool that is used for taking samples. Because the opening of the mouth to small intestine is usually unobstructed, the doctor uses the endoscope to inspect the upper half of the digestive system.

When would a doctor suggest for Gastroscopy?

The doctor suggests for gastroscopy procedure if you have any of these symptoms

  1. Weight loss, abdominal pain, chronic heart burn, and indigestion, gastritis, hiatal hernia, trouble swallowing, pain due to ulcers and problems associated with stomach, and digestive system.
  2. One or more symptoms can be warning signs of serious medical problems and hence you should take your doctor’s recommendation very seriously. Majority of problems diagnosed by endoscopy are treatable.

How is Endoscopy (UGI Endoscopy) performed?

Duration: 5 to 30 minutes

The doctor first sprays local anesthetic in your throat. You may also be given sedative through a fine tube called cannula in the arm region. At this stage, the nurse may provide extra oxygen because few sedatives affect your breathing.

The physician will instruct you to sleep on your left side with head bent slightly forward. Then the doctor places a guard between your teeth as it protects the teeth and the lips. The doctor will then pass the gastroscope through the mouth until it rests at the back of the throat. Then the doctor instructs you to swallow the tube into esophagus and down towards the stomach. The doctor inflates the stomach with air through the gastroscope to examine the lining of the stomach. The camera lens present at the end of the gastroscope will send images to the monitor that are used by the doctor to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenal region. If required, the doctor may take a small tissue sample using special instruments passed through the gastroscope. The samples collected will be sent for testing in the laboratory.

If necessary, the doctor may take a biopsy (small sample of tissue) or remove small growths of tissue called polyps using the instruments passed inside the gastroscope. The collected samples will be sent to a laboratory for testing.

Alternative applications

Other procedures that can be carried out through gastroscope are;

Stretching the narrowed areas of the esophagus, stomach

Treating the blood vessels or ulcers using injections or heat  

Recovery from Endoscopy (UGI Endoscopy)

Aftercare and Recovery

  • Take rest until the effects of the sedative are lowered.
  • Don’t eat or drink anything until your throat gets cleared.
  • Avoid hot drinks for few hours, car driving, operating machinery, and signing of legal documents for 24 hours.
  • You may not require any pain tablets for recovery.


Limitations and Risks

You may have very rare complications as the specialized doctors perform the test. However, mild sore throat, and bleeding at the biopsy site is quite common.

Complications related to the sedatives used during the test such as tear in the gastrointestinal lining may also be seen.

Be alert in recognizing early signs of possible symptoms and meet your doctor immediately if there are aggravating symptoms such as chest or abdominal pain, difficulty in swallowing, blood in your feces etc.

Endoscopy cost and colonoscopy cost varies from hospital to hospital and also depends on the type of hospital that you decide to get treated in.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of Spain / Why should opt for Spain as a destination for your medical treatment?
Spain has a uni payer healthcare system. This means that there is universal coverage for most of the expenses (excluding prescription drugs). One might have to wait for quite some time to avail of elective procedure treatment in Spain. Non-European travelers must have valid health insurance coverage to benefit from the hospitals in Spain. One can also avail of it on a residency visa. The private insurance system helps you to avail the benefits at monthly costs. The taxes in Spain are comparatively lower than those of other European countries. Hence, one can surely opt for this country for medical treatment.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in Spain? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The Joint Commission International (JCI) is a global leader in health care accreditation. JCI accreditation is considered a gold standard in worldwide health care. It provides the most skilled and experienced healthcare professionals in the medical industry, as evaluators of the rigorous international standards in healthcare quality and patient safety. Here are a few JCI certified hospitals in Spain :
  • Vithas Xanit International Hospital
  • Grupo Hospitalario Quirónsalud
  • Centro Médico Quironsalud Teknon
  • Hospital General de Catalunya
  • Instituto de Microcirugía Ocular (IMO Barcelona)
  • Sanitas Hospitales
  • Guttmann Institute
  • Instituto Balear de Oftalmología (IBO)
Are the doctors/surgeons in Spain of the best quality?
The hospitals in Spain are based on “el sistema national de salud” which provides high-quality care and medical centres, that is, “centros de salud”. This system has public and private healthcare systems, often within the same level. Since many countries send ex-pats here, one can even find an English speaking doctor very easily. Most doctors are adequately skilled and can handle the cases.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in Spain?
One has to apply for a Schengen Visa to gain entry into Spain for a medical purpose. The required documents when applying for a Schengen Visa for Medical Treatment are as follows:
  1. Visa application form.
  2. Two photos.
  3. Valid travel document/passport.
  4. A copy of your passport's data page.
  5. Roundtrip flight reservation.
  6. Travel Medical Insurance.
  7. Proof of accommodation
What support services does MediGence provide in Spain?
MediGence has been praised on a global scale for the list of services they provide. Apart from the listed services, the staff and the guides are adorned for their customer interaction, impromptu assistance, and various other assistance related guidance throughout the tour. Thus, the list of services provided by MediGence are:
  • Insurance query related guidance
  • In-detail guidance till completion of the medical tour
  • Visa Assistance
  • Free airport to hospital transfer
  • On-Ground Support
  • Teleconsultations
  • Accommodations Assistance
  • Rehabilitation and recovery services
Which are the best cities in Spain for medical treatment?
Spain has many cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and Pamplona that have some of the best hospitals in Spain. Madrid has good hospitals for general and reproductive health facilities. Barcelona has hospitals specializing in child healthcare.

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