An enterscopy is a procedure which allows your doctor to directly visualize your esophagus, stomach, and upper portion of your small intestine. If you are having upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract symptoms, this procedure may be done to help find the cause and assist in treatment.
A trained professional will administer anesthesia to help you relax. The enteroscope is a flexible tube with a viewing scope at the end. It is inserted through you mouth and is advanced into the esophagus as you swallow. At that time, Dr. Siddiqui may insert air to help him see the walls of the esophagus and stomach better. If a biopsy is necessary this will be done through the enteroscope. A tiny piece of tissue is painlessly removed and sent to the lab for identification.
The procedure itself usually takes 15 to 60 minutes, although you should plan on two to three hours for waiting, preparation and recovery. Your provider will provide you with the preparation instructions when your procedure is scheduled.