Capsule Endoscopy

A capsule endoscopy involves an examination of the central area of your gastrointestinal tract.  This includes portions of the small intenstine such as the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum.  An endoscope will be utilized, which has its own lens and illumination tool.  The images can be seen on the accompanying video monitor.

This procedure is performed to evaluate the health and condition of the small intestine.  This area cannot be reached by traditional techniques and tools.  Capsule endoscopy is particularly useful for determining the cause of bleeding in the small intestine.  Additionally, polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers, and tumors can also be found.

Preparing for a capsule endoscopy procedure involves:

  • Abstinence from eating at least 12 hours before the operation.  This allows for a safer and faster examination.
  • Adjustment of medications
  • Evaluating any allergies
  • Determining previous history of bowl problems, abdominal surgery, inflammatory bowl disease, etc.

During a capsule endoscopy, a sensor device is applied to the abdomen.  This is swallowed and passes through the digestive tract.  Images are transmitted to a computer screen.  This is an eight-hour process, afterwards, the images are reviewed by the physician.

After capsule endoscopy, you can drink clear liquids and eat a light meal.  A round of active physical exercise is required as a standard procedure.  You will be notified by the doctor of the test results a week following the procedure.

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