This exam is undertaken when the suspected disease is located in the small intestine, e.g. bleeding, inflammation, tumours, celiac disease...
The patient will be asked to fast before the procedure, the last meal would be a light dinner and only fluid may be ingested for quenching thirst.
A flexible tube – enteroscope is inserted through mouth into the upper digestive system, and proceeds through duodenum into small intestine (jejunum, ileum) to the depth of 100 cm or more. Since the exam may be very unpleasant, you will be given some painkillers. The procedure takes half an hour or more.
Biopsy of altered mucosa, electroresection of polyps, coagulation of vascular abnormalities.
If there are no major interventions, the one-hour rest period after the procedure is followed by ingesting small light meals. Following premedication, the patient needs a few hours of rest. You cannot drive a car on the day of the procedure. Medications should be taken according to the usual schedule. After major surgeries in the small intestine, a 24-hour safety hospitalization is required and only liquids can be ingested. Please, follow the instructions given by the doctor or medical staff.