Why Might You Need A Push Enteroscopy?
Patients who would be a good candidate for this diagnostic and maintenance procedure are those who exhibit the following symptoms, among others:
- Bleeding in parts of their digestive tract
- Bowel obstruction
- An increase in white blood cell count
- Damage from radiation treatment
- Confirmed or suspected tumors
- Severe diarrhea
What Happens During The Push Enteroscopy Procedure?
You will be administered a sedative through your IV, and your throat is sprayed with a local anesthetic. Your sedation level will be enough that you should not experience any discomfort throughout the procedure. The end of the enteroscope is placed in your mouth and guided down the esophagus and into the stomach. A balloon is inflated to keep the enteroscope stable as it enters the duodenum, and the air is pumped through the scope to give the doctor a better view of the stomach and small intestine. The inner tube is extended further into the small intestine down into the ilium. The gastroenterologist will take samples as needed and record images from the test.
The balloon is deflated, and the enteroscope is carefully removed from your digestive system. Because of the extra areas being examined, this procedure takes longer than a routine endoscopic examination.