What is Balloon Enteroscopy?
Balloon enteroscopy is a procedure to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach and deep small intestine. This is accomplished using a flexible endoscope, which is inserted down the throat with the assistance of a balloon system. By inflating and deflating the balloon, the endoscope can reach further into the small bowel to better examine this area.
There are two main types of balloon enteroscopy, including the Double Balloon Enteroscopy (DBE) system, which uses two balloons, and the Single Balloon Enteroscopy (SBE) system which employs only a single balloon. Your doctor can determine which technique is best for your individual case.
This procedure is most commonly used to:
- Identify and treat the source of GI bleeding.
- Remove small bowel polyps or foreign objects.
- Enlarge a narrowed pathway (stricture) in the upper or lower part of the GI tract.
- Take tissue samples (biopsy) for examination and diagnosis.
- Identify abnormal lesions or polyps associated with hereditary syndromes.
- And more.
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How is Balloon Enteroscopy Performed?
The balloon enteroscopy procedure requires sedation or anesthesia to ensure your comfort and typically takes 60-90 minutes to complete. During this procedure, your doctor will insert a thin, flexible tube with an attached camera into your body, called an endoscope. There are usually one or two balloons attached to the endoscope. Videos and pictures will be taken of the inside of your GI tract so that your doctor can review them after the procedure. Tissue samples and lesions may also be removed.
Following Balloon Enteroscopy
Following your procedure, you will be taken to the recovery room for about 30 minutes to rest. Once you have fully awakened, you will be able to return home, however, someone else must be with you to drive you. Normal activities may be resumed the next day unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.
How Do I Prepare for My Procedure?
Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for your enteroscopy, which may differ depending on which area of the GI tract is being treated. Patients must refrain from eating or drinking anything 6 hours before their procedure. While you may take all regular medications with small amounts of water, be sure to contact your regular doctor regarding blood thinners or diabetic medications.
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