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Enteroscopy

Examination of the small intestine

An enteroscopy is a procedure to examine the small intestine with an endoscope, to help diagnose digestive problems

About

An enteroscopy is a diagnostic procedure to look at the lining of your small intestine. A thin, flexible microscope with a light called an enteroscope is used. This test is used to check for disease and can also be used to take tissue samples (a biopsy) to be analysed, if necessary.

Need to know

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    This procedure is usually carried out under local anaesthetic. This will numb the area to block pain. You may also be given a sedative to help you relax. A thin, flexible tube with a video camera and light at one end (an endoscope) will be inserted through your mouth and to your small intestine. A tissue sample (biopsy) may be taken using a small biopsy tool which is passed through the endoscope. It will then be sent for testing.
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    Your consultant will let you know how to prepare and what will happen during the enteroscopy. You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for a set time beforehand. Make sure to tell your consultant about any medicines you are currently taking. You may need to arrange to have someone to take you home afterwards. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
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    You'll need to rest until the effects of the anaesthetic and sedative wear off. You won't need to stay overnight and can go home the same day. Your throat may feel sore for a day or two after the procedure.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Wellington Hospital

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments. 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    London Digestive Centre

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 3813 9497
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm

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    London Digestive Health

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 7616 7645

  • London Digestive Health

    London Digestive Surgery

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 3131 5319
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm
    All of our upper GI and colorectal consultant are at our Chiswick clinic on Saturdays

  • The Princess Grace Hospital Facility

    The Endoscopy Centre

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London

    W1U 5NY

    Call 020 7079 4344

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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