Tests & Procedures

At Minnesota Gastroenterology, we know that patients and families want to know as much as possible about the test and/or procedure that is being recommended by a healthcare provider.  Refer to the list below to find the information that is most helpful to you.  If you still have questions, please contact us through our website Quick Links or call (612) 871-1145 to make an office appointment.




To ensure a successful appointment, please follow all instructions carefully.

1 day before:

  • Begin Clear Liquid Diet . (Clear liquids include things you can see through).
    • Examples of a clear liquid diet include: Water, black coffee or tea (no milk or non-dairy creamer), clear broth or bouillon, Gatorade, Pedialyte or Powerade, carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks(Sprite, 7-Up, Gingerale), strained fruit juices without pulp (apple, white grape, white cranberry), Jello-O and popsicles
    • The following are not allowed on a clear liquid diet: Red liquids, alcoholic beverages, dairy products, protein shakes, cream broths, juice with pulp and chewing tobacco.

The day of your exam:
Morning Medications: You may take all of your morning medications including blood pressure medications, blood thinners (if you have not been instructed to stop these by our office), methadone, anti-seizure medications with sips of water 3 hours prior to your procedure or earlier. Do not take insulin or vitamins prior to your procedure.

Bring a new ostomy bag and appropriate adhesive in the event the bag needs to be replaced.

Continue the Clear Liquid Diet. Avoid red liquids, alcoholic beverages, dairy products, protein shakes, and chewing tobacco.

  • 3 hours prior:
    • STOP consuming all liquids
    • Do not take anything by mouth during this time.

Cancel or reschedule your appointment:
If you must cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call 612-871-1145 as soon as possible.

Bring the following to your procedure:

  • Health History Form: Bring the completed Health History form included in this packet with you the day of your appointment.
  • Insurance Card / Photo ID
  • List of Current Medications
  • Rescue Inhaler: Bring your rescue inhaler if you currently use one to control asthma
  • Advance Directives: If you have an Advance Directive, please bring a copy of your Advance Directive with you to your endoscopy appointment. Advance Directives are not honored at MNGI facilities, and in the event of a life-threatening situation, life support measures will be instituted in every instance and our patients will be transported to a higher level of care facility (i.e., hospital). In the unlikely event that you require an emergency transfer to a higher level of care facility, your Advance Directive should accompany you to that facility.

What happens during an Ileoscopy?
Ileoscopy is done through a person's ileostomy. During an ileoscopy, your doctor examines the lining of your ileum, the last part of your small intestine through a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope. Through the endoscope, your doctor can see abnormalities like inflammation or bleeding and may also remove tiny samples of tissue (biopsy) for further tests, or treat bleeding problems.

What should I expect during the procedure?
You may have a feeling of pressure or fullness during the exam. The doctor may take a painless biopsy of the lining of the GI tract for closer examination by a pathologist.

What should I expect after the procedure?
The doctor will speak with you about the initial results of your exam. You may feel bloated after the procedure. Following the exam, you may resume your normal diet unless instructed otherwise by your physician.

What are the possible complications associated with Ileoscopy?
Although serious complications are rare, any medical procedure has the potential for risks. A nurse will review all potential warning signs with you before you leave the endoscopy center. Risks include perforations or tears in the lining of the GI tract, bleeding from the biopsy site and reactions to medications.