As it’s our goal here at the Center of Digestive & Liver Health to help detect and prevent digestive diseases, we aim to do all we can to optimize the effectiveness of our treatments. This starts with offering the best in state-of-the-art technology and procedures. One of these highly-efficient procedures that we offer in our endoscopy centers in Savannah, Pooler, and Hardeeville is an ileoscopy. We’d love to take the time to tell you more about it!

What Is an Ileoscopy?

An ileoscopy is an outpatient procedure that’s used to examine the lining of a person’s ileum. An ileostomy is created, which is an artificial opening that’s created in the abdomen. Through this opening, the ileum can be brought to the surface of the abdominal wall, allowing waste to drain outside of the body and into a sealed pouch.

How Do I Prepare for an Ileoscopy?

Generally, you’ll have to adhere to a special diet that consists of only clear liquids the day before the exam. You may also be instructed to take a laxative the night before. Additionally, you may not eat or drink anything after midnight. It’s best to let your Savannah gastroenterologists know beforehand of any medications you’re taking and any illnesses or allergies you may have.

What Happens During an Ileoscopy?

Your gastroenterologist will carefully insert a thin and flexible tube (known as an endoscope) into your ileum though an artificial opening. This endoscope has a tiny camera on its tip, a fiber-optic light, and a channel allowing the doctor to pump air into the ileum. This will allow for a much better view of the lining. If needed, your doctor can also obtain a biopsy of abnormal tissue.

What Happens After an Ileoscopy?

You’ll receive the results of the exam as well as any instructions you’ll need after the procedure is completed. It’s possible that you’ll experience mild cramping and bloating, but this should subside within just a few hours.

Are There Any Possible Complications?

As our gastroenterologists in Savannah, Pooler, and Hardeeville are board-certified, an ileoscopy is typically safe. In very rare cases, complications may arise though, which can consist of bleeding or perforation of the ileum. If you experience any problems, please contact our office immediately.

Visit Your Savannah Endoscopy Center!

If you’re looking for an endoscopy center servicing the cities of Pooler, Hardeeville, and Savannah, you’ve come to the right place! Feel free to request an appointment via our website. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can’t wait to see you!