The small intestines can experience abnormalities, causing digestive issues. So, if you’re reading this, chances are you’ve heard about Push Enteroscopy from your doctor.
What is a Push Enteroscopy?
A Push Enter Enteroscopy is a procedure performed to find and treat problems in the upper part of the small intestines. It is done by inserting a thin and flexible tube through your mouth to your small intestine. At the tip of the tube, there’s a camera that captures the situation down your digestive system.
Why might you need a Push Enteroscopy?
A Push Enteroscopy comes in handy when diagnosing and treating abnormalities in the stomach and small intestines. Many times, your doctor will recommend the procedure when you increase white blood cell count, have a small intestine tumor, blocked bowel, or diarrhea.
There are more possible reasons, but these will suffice. Therefore, running an endoscopic test provides more information to diagnose and attend to your digestive health.
How to Prepare for a Push Enteroscopy?
When getting ready for the procedure, it’s advisable to stop taking any medication. This could include prescription medicine, over-the-counter medicine, herbs, supplements, or street drugs. In addition, if the doctor recommends no eating, please ensure you stick to that.
What Happens During the Procedure of a Push Enteroscopy?
Before the procedure starts, you’ll be given medication to keep you relaxed and cause you to sleep. In addition, the doctor will numb your throat, and you’ll be given a plastic guard for teeth protection. During the procedure, the doctor will make you lie on the left side of your body.
Then, they’ll insert the Enteroscopy tube through your mouth to the small intestines. At the tip of the tube, a camera captures and sends images to a screen for analysis. After 25 to 45 minutes, the procedure should be done.
What does Recovery Look like?
After the test, it’s normal to feel tired and sleepy. It’s advisable to have more rest after a successful procedure. In addition, you’ll also experience a sore throat or bloating. In severe cases, you may experience;
- Chest pain
- Trouble swallowing
Why go to Idaho Digestive Health Institute and see Dr. Woolf for this procedure?
This is a delicate procedure that requires the input of a professional and experienced gastroenterologist. Dr. Woolf is experienced in gastroenterology and can offer the help you need. So, feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation today.