Procedure & Preparation
The endoscopy procedure (also known as a push enteroscopy) is used to thoroughly examine the upper small intestine and your small bowel using an enteroscope. An enteroscope is essentially a long tube that is used to access the stomach and intestine. This instrument is inserted through your mouth and is slowly maneuvered through your stomach, duodenum, and your jejunum. The enteroscope may have a balloon at the tip which is used to inflate and deflate during the procedure, allowing the gastroenterologist to insert the tube further.
The tube has a small video camera attached to the end, allowing our El Paso gastroenterologist to get a good look at your small intestine, stomach, and esophagus. Your doctor may recommend this type of procedure if there is a suspected abnormality in the upper section of your small bowels.
What is the Purpose of a Push Enteroscopy?
We may also use this procedure as a follow-up method after other types of testing have been completed, such as radiology imaging, colonoscopy, capsule endoscopy, or upper endoscopy. A push enteroscopy is typically used for diagnostic purposes and to detect abnormalities in your small intestine.
We may also suggest an enteroscopy if you have experienced recurrent symptoms such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Crohn’s disease
- Bowel tumors
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