Enteroscopy is an outpatient procedure (procedure which does not involve a stay at the hospital), and generally takes 45 to 120 mintues. Whether the patient will be fully under sedatives or just given drugs for relaxation, is decided according to the type enetroscopy to be performed.
Initially, the throat is made numb and then the doctor inserts an endoscope (a medical instrument featuring a light) into the patient’s mouth. It is gradually eased through the oesophagus and down into the upper digestive tract and stomach. The patient may feel some pressure during this part of the procedure.
Once the patient sedated, the doctor inserts an endoscope into the rectum along with a balloon at the end. This is followed by inflation of the balloon when the endoscope reaches the desired place. In case of detection of any polyps or abnormal growths, a tissue sample may be isolated by the doctor for analysis.