What is an ileoscopy?

ileoscopy.jpgAn ileoscopy is an outpatient procedure used to examine the lining of your ileum and help identify problems in the small intestine.

How do I prepare for an ileoscopy?

Your doctor may instruct you to take a laxative the night before the exam. Typically, you will have to follow a special diet consisting of clear liquids the day before the exam. Furthermore, you may not be able to eat or drink anything after midnight. Please inform your doctor of any major illnesses or allergies you have, and any medications you are taking.

What happens during an ileoscopy?

Your doctor will carefully insert a thin, flexible tube known as an endoscope into your ileum through your stoma. The endoscope features a fiber-optic light and a channel through which your doctor can pump air into the ileum, which will provide a better view of the lining. There is a tiny camera on the tip of the endoscope. If necessary your doctor can obtain a biopsy of abnormal tissue.

What happens after an ileoscopy?

Your doctor will provide the results of the exam and instructions in writing. You may experience a bloating sensation and mild cramping, which should subside within a few hours.

Are there any possible complications?

When performed by one of our board certified gastroenterologists, an ileoscopy is generally safe. Complications, which are rare, include bleeding or perforation of the ileum. If you notice any problems, please contact our office.