A Trans-Nasal Endoscopy is a procedure where a thin flexible tube is passed down through the nose then down over the back of the tongue to examine the gullet /swallowing tube(Oesophagus), Stomach and part of the Duodenum (first part of your small bowel).
It allows the Endoscopist (doctor or nurse specialist who performs the procedure) to look directly at the lining of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. In some cases it may be necessary to take biopsies (small samples of tissue) using tiny forceps. The samples are sent to the laboratory for analysis.
The test usually takes approximately 5 minutes, but you should expect to be in the department much longer as indicated above due to waiting time, check in and recovery processes.
You may have been referred by your hospital consultant or GP to investigate symptoms including, indigestion problems, weight loss, anaemia or monitoring of pre-existing condition such as Barretts.
Advantages to Trans-Nasal Endoscopy.
- Patients experience is more relaxed and gagging is much less common. This means more successfully completed procedures.
- You will be able to talk to the Endoscopist during your procedure and tell them of any discomfort.
- Less time is needed to recover after the procedure.
- No sedation is used so you can drive home and continue your day as normal