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Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule Endoscopy enables your doctor to examine the three portions (duodenum, jejunum, and ileum) of your small intestine. Your doctor will use a vitamin-pill sized video capsule as an endoscope, which has its own camera and light source. While the video capsule travels through your body, images are sent to a data recorder you will wear on a waist belt. Most patients consider the test comfortable. Afterwards, your doctor will view the images on a video monitor.

Capsule Endoscopy FAQs

What preparation is required for the best possible examination?

You will receive preparation instructions the day before the examination. An empty stomach allows optimal viewing conditions, so you should have nothing to eat or drink, including water, for approximately ten hours before the examination. Your doctor will tell you when to start fasting. Tell your doctor in advance about any medications you take; you might need to adjust your usual dose for the examination. Tell your doctor of the presence of a pacemaker, previous abdominal surgery, swallowing problem or previous history of obstructions in the bowel.

What should I expect during the procedure?

Your nurse will prepare you for the examination by applying a sensor array to your abdomen with adhesive sleeves. The capsule endoscope is ingested and passes naturally through your digestive tract while transmitting video images to a data recorder worn on a belt for approximately eight hours. You will be able to eat after four hours following the capsule ingestion unless your doctor instructs otherwise.

Are there any complications from capsule endoscopy?

Although complications may occur, they are rare. A potential risk could be the retention of the capsule. It is important for you to recognize early signs of possible complications. If you have a fever after the test, trouble swallowing, increasing chest or abdominal pain, tell your doctor immediately.

What happens after the capsule endoscopy?

At the end of the procedure, you will need to return to the office to return the data recorder and sensor array. The images acquired during the exam will be downloaded to a work station for doctor review. After ingesting the capsule and until it is excreted, you should not have a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) examination or be near an MRI device.

How does the capsule get eliminated and will I feel it come out?

The capsule is disposable and passes naturally with your bowel movement. You should not feel any pain or discomfort during capsule excretion.

Why is capsule endoscopy necessary?

Capsule Endoscopy helps your doctor determine the cause for recurrent or persistent symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, bleeding or anemia, in most cases where other diagnostic procedures failed to determine the reason for your symptoms. In certain chronic gastrointestinal diseases, the method can help to evaluate the extent to which your small intestine is involved or to monitor the effect of therapeutics. Your doctor might use capsule endoscopy to obtain motility data such as gastric or small bowel passage time.

Is capsule endoscopy safe?

Capsule Endoscopy is a safe and extremely worthwhile procedure which is well tolerated. The decision to perform this procedure was based upon and assessment of your particular problem. If you have any questions about your need to have capsule endoscopy, do not hesitate to speak to your doctor. We will be happy to discuss in further detail with you the technical aspects of the procedure, the risks and complications of the procedure and the reasons for performing the procedure. In addition, questions abut cost, methods of billing and insurance coverage may be resolved.

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