What is a push endoscopy?
A push endoscopy allows the gastroenterologist to diagnose and treat disorders in the upper part of the small intestine.
How is it different from a regular endoscopy?
A push endoscopy reaches further into the small intestine than the standard endoscope. It also employs a longer scope than regular endoscopy and is similar in length to the colon scope.
Is it the same as a balloon enteroscopy?
No. While a push endoscope does share some similarities with balloon enteroscopy, it uses different techniques and equipment.
Some similarities to the balloon enteroscope are that the push endoscope is the same length as the balloon enteroscopy and it uses an over-tube to help straighten the intestine.
But unlike the balloon, the push does not use a balloon to anchor the over-tube to the intestine and it cannot diagnose or treat problems in the distal small bowel (the part of the small bowel closest to the colon).