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What is small bowel enteroscopy?

A small bowel enteroscopy is a test performed to evaluate gastrointestinal bleeding, small bowel tumors, polyps, or other small bowel diseases.  During the procedure, your doctor uses a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope to examine the lining of your esophagus, stomach, duodenum (first portion of the small bowel) and jejunum (the middle portion of the small bowel).  If growths or other abnormalities are found during the procedure, the doctor may remove the abnormal tissue for further examination, or biopsy.  A small bowel enteroscopy may also be used to treat various conditions of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, such as abnormal growths or bleeding.

How do you prepare for a small bowel enteroscopy?

An empty stomach allows for the best and safest examination, so you should have nothing to eat or drink, including water, for approximately 12 hours before the examination.  Your doctor will tell you when to start fasting.

Speak with your doctor in advance about any medications or supplements you take.  You may need to adjust your usual dose prior the examination.

Please follow our Upper Endoscopy Prep instructions.

What should you expect on the day of your small bowel enteroscopy?

After you check in, a nurse will meet with you to review you medical conditions and medications.  An IV line will be placed in a vein in your arm.  You will proceed to the procedure room, where your blood pressure, pulse and oxygen level will be carefully monitored.  A sedative will also be administered through your IV.

The test itself usually takes about an hour.  After the test, you will rest until the effects of the medicine wear off.  You will not be able to drive following the procedure, so plan on having someone with you to take you home.  Before leaving, your physician will speak with you about the preliminary results of your test and will let you know when you can go back to eating your regular diet.  An additional office visit may be scheduled to review results of biopsies or to monitor therapy.

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