Double-balloon enteroscopy (DBE)—also known as push-pull enteroscopy—is a procedure that can examine and treat abnormalities in the small intestine between the stomach and the colon (large intestine). It is typically recommended when abnormalities are found during another procedure—such as capsule endoscopy or other imaging studies—following symptoms that include:
While both procedures allow a physician to see the entirety of the small bowel, during DBE:
During the procedure, two tubes (one inside the other) are inserted through the rectum or mouth into the small intestine.
These steps are repeated until the tubes have completely made their way through the small intestine.
DBE is a same-day, outpatient procedure with no real recovery required. However, since DBE can be done under general anesthesia or through conscious sedation, patients will be unable to drive and will have to coordinate a ride home.
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