An enteroscopy (small bowel endoscopy) is also known as balloon assisted enteroscopy. In this procedure, a long endoscope in entered into the small intestine for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.
This procedure may use a single balloon (single balloon enteroscopy) or two balloons (double balloon enteroscopy). The endoscope is moved through the small bowel by alternately inflating and deflating balloons and pleating the small bowel over an insertion tube like a curtain over a rod.
What Happens During a Enteroscopy?
During your procedure, you will lie on your side, and the anesthesia department will sedate you for your procedure. Your doctor will pass the enteroscope through your mouth, esophagus, stomach and deep into the small intestine.