Fiber Optic Endoscopy: Gastroscopy



Flexible endoscopy of the upper gastrointestinal tract is a major diagnostic and therapeutic tool for rural surgeons. The procedure is part of preoperative assessment and treatment planning, allows for intraoperative evaluation of the surgical site and is part of the management of post-operative complications. Interventional endoscopy plays a major role in the palliative treatment of a number of advanced tumors within the gastro-intestinal tract and allows for maintenance of normal food passage or at least intestinal nutrition via percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy formation. Emergency treatment of upper gastrointestinal haemorrhage can be a life-saving intervention and the necessary equipment, infrastructure and knowledge should be available in rural surgical centres.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryMount Gambier General Hospital and Flinders University Rural Medical SchoolMount GambierAustralia
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Munich – Campus GrosshadernMunichGermany

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