Small Bowel Enteroscopy in Arizona

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A small bowel enteroscopy (also called a small bowel endoscopy) is an exam used to evaluate gastrointestinal bleeding, small bowel tumors, polyps, or other small bowel diseases. During the test, your provider will use a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum (first portion of the small bowel) and jejunum (the middle portion of the small bowel). A small bowel enteroscopy may also be used to treat various conditions of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, such as abnormal growths or bleeding. If you are in need of diagnostic testing for GI conditions in Phoenix, AZ, then the small bowel enteroscopy may be recommended to you. Please contact Arizona Digestive Health to request a consultation.

You will be provided with preparation instructions prior to the small bowel enteroscopy in Phoenix, AZ. Please follow them carefully. To begin the exam, a catheter for intravenous (IV) medicine will administer sedation to ensure you are relaxed. Some patients will be given deep sedation where they are completely asleep. Your provider will then insert the endoscope into the mouth and advance it through the esophagus, stomach, duodenum and jejunum. If awake you may experience a sensation of pressure and fullness. Should your provider find any growths or abnormalities during the procedure, the endoscope can be used to remove, or biopsy, the abnormal tissue. You should not experience pain during abnormal tissue removal. If you have further questions about the small bowel enteroscopy process, please talk to your provider at Arizona Digestive Health.

Generally, the small bowel enteroscopy is considered very safe and low risk. A possible complication may be perforation of the small bowel wall, which could allow leakage of intestinal fluids. This complication would require surgery to correct. Bleeding may occur at any biopsy or polyp removal site, but this can typically cease on its own or be controlled with cauterization through the endoscope. Transfusions or surgery are rarely necessary. There may be some irritation on the vein used for IV medication or reactions to medication even with a careful review of a patient's medical history. As with any other test, the small bowel enteroscopy may miss some pathology that could lead to errors in diagnosis. If you have further questions about the risks of small bowel enteroscopy in Phoenix, AZ, please discuss them with your Arizona Digestive Health provider.

The small bowel enteroscopy is an effective diagnostic tool to screen for illnesses and identify causes of troubling GI symptoms such as gastrointestinal bleeding. If you are in need of a small bowel enteroscopy in Phoenix, AZ, then our providers would be happy to assist you in ensuring you have a positive experience. Arizona Digestive Health is partnered with the nation's leading physician-led network of gastroenterologists and we aim to offer the best in GI treatments and diagnostic testing, like the small bowel enteroscopy, to the community. Contact our location to request a consultation.

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From the moment I walked in the door at 7:30 a.m. to the time I left to go home, I had a 5-star experience with Dr. Seetharam and his team. My first interaction at the Endoscopy Center was with the two receptionists, both of whom were warm and welcoming. They both put my anxiety at ease with their smiles. Next up was the team that took my vitals and inserted my IV. Again a terrific experience - both of these team members were very personable and any fears I had dissipated right away. The team inside the Endoscopy Room similarly displayed the same level of warmth and compassion as the team members that I previously interacted with - it is clear that all team members at the Center receive the highest level of patient care training. My last (but not least!) interaction was with Dr. Seetharam. He has one of the best bedside manners of any doctors I have ever interacted with. Again, like his other team members, he exudes warmth and compassion. Thank you to the Scottsdale Endoscopy Center for a 5-Star Experience!

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Dr. Hauptman has been my GI doc for years and has always treated me with honesty and respect. He takes the time to listen to what's going on and give me the best options for moving forward. He's never dismissed my symptoms or my concerns.

M.A. Google

I really like the office and have been going 30years. I see Dr. Hauptman now that Dr. Wells retired. I like him very much. He is thorough and wants to help with issues.

D.D. Google

NO ONE likes getting a colonoscopy (at least I don’t THINK so!!), but Dr Patel and his staff could not have been more caring and empathetic and knowledgeable regarding my pre-during-and post procedure. The hardest part is the ‘prep’, and even THAT wasn’t too bad!!! I highly recommend Dr Patel and this office!

A.M. Google

I just had an endoscopy from Dr Singh. It was done very professionally. Both he and his staff were top notch! Peter K

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