Balloon Enteroscopy utilizes balloons to anchor and advance a long endoscope into middle sections of the digestive tract, such as the small intestine. This allows for examination and therapy of hard-to-reach sections.
Your doctor will begin the Balloon Enteroscopy procedure by passing an endoscope into either your upper or lower gastrointestinal tract.
The endoscope moves deep into the GI tract by inflating and deflating either one balloon (Single Balloon Enteroscopy) or two balloons (Double Balloon Enteroscopy) to pull back a section of the bowel, allowing the endoscope to move forward.
Your doctor may recommend a balloon enteroscopy to diagnose or treat:
Your doctor will give you instructions to prepare for the procedure. Most likely, you will be asked to fast for at least 4-8 hours beforehand to ensure an empty stomach.
Your doctor may also advise you to undergo special preparation. If so, they will guide you through a cleansing routine. Your cleansing routine may consist of:
It’s important to follow your cleansing routine carefully, as any material remaining in the colon or rectum can affect the accuracy of the procedure.
Inform your doctor of:
You’ll need to plan for ride home from the office as it is not advised for patients to drive for the remainder of the day due to effects from the medication.
It’s important to follow all of your doctor’s instructions.
Your doctor may offer you:
You may feel:
You’ll be taken to a room to rest after the procedure where you’ll be monitored until your sedatives begin to wear off.
Once home, You may feel:
You should take it easy for the rest of the day after your endoscopy.
You should have a ride prepared as the sedatives may impair your judgement.