Enteroscopy is a procedure that allows our doctors to look at the small bowel or small intestine. We perform this procedure with an endoscope, a thin, flexible tube that contains a light and a camera. There is no cutting involved because we insert the endoscope through the mouth. We look for sources of intestinal bleeding such as tumors or other abnormal tissue. We may perform enteroscopy when the patient has abnormal X-ray results, diagnosed tumors in the small intestines, unexplained diarrhea or gastrointestinal bleeding. Patients do not feel any discomfort from this procedure.
There are two types of balloon enteroscopy:
- Single balloon enteroscopy uses a balloon to anchor a special overtube within the intestine. While the overtube is anchored, we can advance the endoscope further into the small intestine.
- Double balloon endoscopy uses a second balloon to anchor the overtube while the first one anchors the endoscope.
Both procedures allow our doctors to examine the small intestine without resorting to invasive surgery. Our physicians can perform treatments such as polyp removal, tumor biopsy, stent placement or bleeding cauteriztion. We can also remove foreign bodies.
At Utah Gastroenterology, you can count on us to help you with the latest procedures to help you avoid open surgery. Look to us for highly attentive, personalized care for your GI problem. Give us a call at 801-944-3199 or use our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your preferred consultation time with a gastroenterologist. Our enteroscopy patients come to us from Salt Lake City, Bountiful, Draper, Riverton, St. George, West Jordan, Cottonwood, Millcreek, Murray and Sandy.