Ileoscopy & Procedure Instructions

Ileoscopy is usually accomplished during colonoscopy, when the instrument tip passes first through the rectum and the lower colon and eventually reaches the area where the ileum and the colon (the large bowel) connect. Your doctor can examine the ileum and take biopsy samples of the tissue, if needed. It is most often used to diagnose the cause of bleeding, high ileostomy fluid output and Crohn’s disease.

To prepare for your ileoscopy, you will need to follow specific instructions provided by our office, as instructions are tailored toward individual patient history and medications.

The risks of ileoscopy are low (under 1%), but may include bleeding, perforation, infection, tearing of the lining, aspiration, medication reactions and heart/lung problems. If you have concerns about these risks, please contact your physician before your procedure.

Note: The information in this section is provided as a supplement to information discussed with your healthcare provider. It is not intended to serve as a complete description of a particular topic or substitute for a clinic visit.