Endoscopy (UGI Endoscopy) in United Arab Emirates

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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 the United Arab Emirates / Why should opt for the United Arab Emirates as a destination for your medical treatment?
The United Arab Emirates is counted among the most developed countries in the world in terms of healthcare benefits. UAE is home to some of the most progressed states and cities in the world which are praised for embracing modern advancements with open arms. Apart from the various other developments, the healthcare benefits, including the professionals and the infrastructure, are astounding. In contrast to the other major countries, the United Arab Emirates, however, does not charge an exorbitant fee in return for necessary treatment, which is why thousands of people opt UAE as their primary medical treatment destination. Besides, it is well-connected to various corners of the world which also makes it easily accessible by candidates all around.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in the United Arab Emirates? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The hospitals in the United Arab Emirates are known for providing exemplary services to the visitors. A high number of these hospitals and clinics are known for their incomparable patient interaction as well as infrastructure. The hospitals are very well-maintained and thus, pose least threat to survival. A large number of hospitals are known to be JCI approved as they have accomplished every infrastructural requisites as well as maintained a healthy medical environment to serve international tourists for healthcare purposes. Though there are several JCI approved hospitals in UAE, here are five popular ones among them:
  • American Hospital Dubai
  • International Modern Hospital
  • Dubai Hospital- DOHMS
  • Rashid Hospital- DOHMS
  • Oasis Hospital
One of the primary reasons for the hospitals bagging JCI accreditation is the quality of staffs working there. Not only the doctors and the surgeons serving patients, but also the support staffs are well-rounded to handle all kinds of situations to ensure quality support required by the candidates.
Are the doctors/surgeons in the United Arab Emirates of the best quality?
The doctors and surgeons in the United Arab Emirates are globally recognized for their service towards the medical field. Furnished with degrees from reputed universities and decades of training and experience, the doctors have earned high success rates throughout their professional career.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in the United Arab Emirates?
Certain countries allow visitors to enjoy visa-free entry for a period of 30 days, 90 days or 180 days, varying upon the country and the rules followed. In the UAE, the Patient Companion Visa and the UAE Medical Treatment Visa might be required, depending on the period of staying for medical purposes. Although the visas are arranged by the hospitals (in most cases) where treatment in being availed, yet the candidate must posses the following documents necessary for travelling and availing medical benefits from UAE:
  • Two passport size pictures of the candidate not older than six months
  • Valid passport (original and photocopy) which should not have expiration at least 6 months beyond the stipulated stay of the candidate
  • Valid proof of medical insurance showing the financial credibility
  • Medical certificate issued by the registered medical practitioner treating the candidate, clearly stating the requirement and the cause of the travel.
  • Acceptance letter from the medical practitioner to whom the candidate is being referred to.
What support services does MediGence provide in the United Arab Emirates?
Candidates availing treatment in a different country goes through high speculations. Besides the urgency and the immediate need for treatment, there are several other hassles, dealing which becomes tough for the individuals. Keeping in mind such dilemma, MediGence takes complete responsibility and provides umpteenth care so as to relieve the candidate from unnecessary exhaustion. Thus, the services provided are:
  • On-Ground Support
  • Teleconsultations
  • Visa Assistance
  • Accommodations Assistance
  • Free Airport to Hospital Transfer
  • Rehabilitation and recovery services
Which are the best cities in the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment?
The United Arab Emirates is known for housing some of the most advanced metropolises in the world. However, among them only a handful are renowned for the medical treatment facilities offered. Hence, some of the best cities for medical treatment in the United Arab Emirates are:
  • Dubai
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Sheikh
  • Sharjah

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