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Double Ballon Enteroscopy
For double balloon endoscopy, a longer endoscopy is used with two balloons attached at a distance on the endoscope. Both balloons - the one on the overtube and the one on the endoscope - can be alternatively inflated to anchor the overtube or the endoscope to assist with the passage of the endoscope or overtube, respectively.
What to expect with balloon endoscopy?
Balloon endoscopy, like other gastrointestinal endoscopy, requires intravenous sedation. The procedures are long, often requiring 1-3 hours. The most important complications of balloon endoscopy are perforation of the small intestine or bleeding either due to insertion of the endoscope or use of therapeutic instruments.
Balloon endoscopy is revolutionizing the diagnosis and treatment of small intestinal diseases. For now, when there is concern about disease in the small intestine, wireless capsule endoscopy often is performed first. Then, if abnormalities are found, or if despite a normal capsule endoscopy there still is a strong suspicion that there is disease in the small intestine, balloon endoscopy is performed.