Balloon-assisted Deep Enteroscopy
UW Health Digestive Health Service specialists in Madison, Wisconsin, provide comprehensive clinical services related to the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon, anorectum, liver, gallbladder/biliary tree and pancreas, including balloon-assisted deep enteroscopy to allow physicians to visualize and inspect small bowel disease.
About Balloon-assisted Deep Enteroscopy
Balloon-assisted deep enteroscopy (double-balloon and single-balloon enteroscopy) is imaging technology that allows physicians to visualize and inspect small bowel disease. Physicians insert the endoscope, which includes a camera used for viewing the small bowel, via the throat with the assistance of one or two balloons, which are then inflated to anchor the endoscope.
Using the balloon allows the scope to pass further into the small bowel than previously possible, and allows the entire GI tract to be viewed in real time.
When is balloon-assisted deep endoscopy used?
The procedure is used to evaluate unexplained or obscure gastrointestinal bleeding, to evaluate tumors and polyps in the small bowel and to diagnosis Crohn's disease and celiac disease. It is also helpful in the completion of an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP) on patients who have significantly altered upper GI anatomy, such as a gastric bypass or Roux-en-Y procedure.