Getting Ready for Your Ileoscopy through Stoma
What is an Ileoscopy?
When the colon is lost to cancer or other disease, the small intestine can be
attached to the abdominal wall so waste passes into a bag. Regular ileoscopy
screening to look for GI problems can help prevent loss of the small bowel. An
ileoscopy lets the doctor look inside your small intestine and take tissue biopsies if
Important – Read 1 week in advance.
Procedure may be cancelled if instructions are not followed
Blood thinning medicine should never be stopped without talking with the provider
who prescribes the medicine for you. They will give you instructions on how to
safely stop the blood thinning medicine. Contact us if you have questions.
1. 7 days before, you should stop taking the blood thinner Effient® (prasugrel)
2. 5 days before, you should stop taking:
Blood thinners, such as Coumadin® (warfarin) or Plavix® (clopidogrel)
3. 2 days before, you should stop taking the blood thinner Pradaxa® (dabigatran)
4. 2 days before, you should stop taking the blood thinner Xeralto® (rivaroxaban)
5. 2 days before, you should stop taking the blood thinner Eliquis® (apixaban)
6. Diabetic medicines (oral and insulin) will need to be adjusted for the time
you’re not eating as normal. Please discuss this with your primary doctor.
7. You must have a responsible adult to drive you home or your procedure
will be cancelled. You may take a cab or bus home only if you have a
responsible adult with you other than the driver.
8. Plan ahead. For your test you will be given sedatives which can greatly affect
your judgment. On the day of your test, you will not be able to drive or return
to work. Do not make important personal or business decisions until the next
9. Our staff will need to review your health history, surgeries, allergies, and
medicines taken. Please bring this information with you.
10. If you use CPAP or BiPAP for sleep apnea, please bring it with you. We will
need your machine in order to sedate you safely.
11. If you have an implanted pacemaker or defibrillator, we will need specific
information about it before your procedure day. If you haven't already given
us this information, please call us during business hours (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM,
Monday through Friday) at (608) 890-5000.
One Day Before Your Procedure
You may only drink clear liquids after noon. Follow the guidelines below. No
solid food is allowed or your procedure will be cancelled.
Day of the Ileoscopy
1. No solid food, milk, or dairy products until after your test.
2. You may drink clear liquids until 4 hours before you arrive (ie: water, apple
juice, soda, Gatorade®). No red liquids.
3. Take your normal medicines with a small sip (no more than an ounce) of clear
liquid up to 1 hour before you arrive. Do not take medicines listed under
4. Follow the arrival and registration instructions in your cover letter. If you
are late, call us at (608) 890-5010 to let us know. If you are over 30 minutes
late, we may have to cancel and reschedule. We do our best to stay on time.
5. Plan to be with us about 2-3 hours. Your driver will need to be available in our
waiting room or by phone.
6. Bring an ileoscopy bag and your supplies to use after your procedure.
Clear Liquid Diet
A clear liquid diet means eating foods or drinking beverage that you are able to see
through. You may not eat any solid foods or dairy products. Do not drink
anything colored red, pink or purple.
Listed below are some common clear liquids. You may drink as much of these
liquids as you want, up to four (4) hours before your procedure.
ξ Soda (ex: orange, ginger ale, cola and lemon-lime)
ξ Chicken or beef flavored broth (no meat, vegetables or noodles)
ξ Coffee (sugar is fine, but no cream or milk)
ξ Jell-O (no red, pink or purple)
ξ Popsicles (no red, pink or purple)
ξ Clear hard candy, such as lemon drop or Jolly Rancher (no mints or
ξ Clear juices without pulp (lemonade and apple or white grape juice is
OK to drink; you may have cranberry juice, but check the label to
make sure it has no red dyes)
ξ Sports drinks, like Gatorade® or PowerAde® (no red, pink or purple)
What can I expect the day of my procedure?
Your procedure will take about 2-3 hours from the time that you arrive until you
are discharged home. First, you will check in at the front desk. Shortly after you
complete the check in process, you will be asked to change into a hospital gown.
Once you have changed, the nurse will review your medical history, attach you to a
monitor to record your vital signs, and an IV will be placed in your arm.
The doctor will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have
before your procedure. You will be asked to sign a consent form allowing the
doctor to perform the procedure. Once you are taken to the procedure room,
medicines will be put into your IV to help you relax. Once you are relaxed the
doctor will begin the exam of your ileostomy.
What happens after the procedure is over?
Once your doctor has completed your procedure, you will be taken to the recovery
area. A nurse will continue to monitor your vital signs until it is safe to send you
home. The doctor will explain your exam results. If a biopsy was done, you will
be notified of the results within 10-14 working days. You may also receive a
phone call within a few days after your procedure to see how you are feeling.
Because of the sedation that will be given, you must arrange for someone to drive
you home. We will cancel your procedure if you do not have a ride home. This
will be confirmed when you check in for your procedure.
After the Ileoscopy and for the Rest of the Day
ξ Do not return to work
ξ Do not drive
ξ Do not use hazardous machinery
ξ Do not make any important decisions
ξ Plan to rest after you leave the hospital
ξ Do not drink alcohol
You should be able to go back to normal tasks on the day after your procedure.
You may have some gas pains from the air used to distend your colon. As you
pass the air your gas pains should go away.
How to Contact Us
If you are not able to keep your appointment, please let us know 5 days before.
UW Health Digestive Health Center
750 University Row
Digestive Health Center, 7am to 5pm weekdays, (608) 890-5010
After clinic hours, please call (608) 890-5010. This number will connect you to
the paging operator. Ask for the Gastroenterology (GI) doctor on call. Give your
name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live outside of the Madison area, please call 1-855-342-9900.
University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics
GI Procedure Clinic
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792
GI Procedure Center, 8am to 5pm weekdays, (608) 263-8097
After clinic hours, please call (608) 263-8094. Ask for the GI doctor on call. Give
your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live outside of the Madison area, please call 1-800-323-8942
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
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