Procedures

In order to properly diagnose and treat patients with IBD, doctors must perform visual examinations of the gastrointestinal tract through procedures known as endoscopies. The three most common procedures are: colonoscopy, upper endoscopy, and capsule endoscopy. Each procedure visualizes a different section of the gastrointestinal tract- from mouth to anus. 

Colonoscopy- Sigmoidoscopy

Is a diagnostic procedure that allows evaluation of the entire large intestine and the end of the small intestine called the ileum. In patients with inflammatory bowel disease, a colonoscopy is required for evaluation of the disease activity and for colon cancer screening. Some patients may undergo a sigmoidoscopy which only views the first third of the large intestine

Here is an animation of a colonoscopy

If you are scheduled for a colonoscopy, please download the preparations below

Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

Is a diagnostic procedure that allows evaluation of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. In patients with inflammatory bowel disease, an upper endoscopy evaluates disease involvement in the upper region of the digestive tract.

Here is an animation of an upper endoscopy

If you are scheduled for an upper endoscopy, please download the preparation below

Capsule Endoscopy

Is the newest diagnostic procedure that allows evaluation of the small intestine that is not accessible by upper endoscopy and colonoscopy. A tiny camera contained in a capsule passes naturally through the digestive tract while transmitting video images to a data recorder. Images of the small bowel are downloaded to a computer and reviewed by a physician.

If you are scheduled far a capsule endoscopy, please download preparation below