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Understanding Ileoscopy

What is an Ileoscopy?  Ileoscopy is an endoscopic procedure that uses a tiny camera attached to a scope to examine the lower portion of the small intestine (the ileum). It is most often used to diagnose the cause of bleeding, high ileostomy fluid output and Crohn’s disease.

What preparation is required for an Ileoscopy?
Purchase your laxative 1 week in advance of the procedure – YOU MUST BUY the following laxatives


Both items may be purchased at your local pharmacy without a prescription. NO SUBSTITUTIONS

One week before Procedure:
Do NOT eat any seeds, or foods/fruits/vegetables that contain seeds for at least ONE week PRIOR to the Procedure. (ie. Tomatoes, seeded breads, corn, grapes, raspberries, jam, cucumbers, watermelon, etc.)

The Day before your Procedure:
You can only have a clear fluid diet (NO SOLID FOOD for 24 HOURS). This includes tea, black coffee, juice, clear broth, jello, pop, and water.

At 12 noon, take one sachet of PICO SALAX, empty the contents of one sachet into a mug. Add 150 ml – 5 ounces of cold water and stir for 2 – 3 minutes. Sometimes the reaction of mixing pico salax and cold water will cause the solution to become hot. If it becomes hot, wait until it cools sufficiently to drink. Patients should drink about one cup of water or clear fluid every hour while they feel the effects of pico salax. Take the 2nd sachet of PICO SALAX AT 6 P.M. and continue drinking water.
Do NOT eat or drink after midnight the evening before the test. You need to have an empty stomach for the test. You may take your usual medications on the morning of the test with a sip of water only.

What Happens during an Ileoscopy?
The flexible scope will be inserted into your stoma and into the ileum. Air will be inflated to better see the lining and biopsies may need to be taken.