What happens during a small bowel enteroscopy?

After you check in for a small bowel enteroscopy—which allows a physician to navigate the entire small bowel from either an oral or rectal approach—a nurse will meet with you to review your medical conditions and medications. An intravenous (IV) line will be placed in a vein in your arm. You will proceed to the procedure room, where your blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen level will be carefully monitored. A sedative will also be administered through your IV, and you may need general anesthesia.

After the procedure, you will rest until the effects of the medicine wear off. You will not be able to drive following the procedure, so plan on having someone with you to take you home. Before leaving, hospital staff will speak with you about the preliminary results of your test and will let you know when you can go back to eating your regular diet.

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