The Basics Of Capsule Endoscopies

Most people are born with two eyes, two legs, two feet, two arms, two hands, and two intestines. Although your large intestine can be easily viewed with a traditional colonoscopy, it can be harder for us to view inside of your small intestine; that’s where the capsule endoscopy comes into play. Let’s take a closer look at a few pieces of information about this procedure.

What Is A Capsule Endoscopy?

A capsule endoscopy is a procedure that uses an advanced piece of technology to take images of the small intestine. To start the procedure. The patient swallows a pill-sized camera. Once the camera has been swallowed, it transmits data to a device worn on a belt for about 8 hours— which gives our gastroenterologists at Vanguard Gastroenterology plenty of information.

What Does A Capsule Endoscopy Detect?

The main things that we use a capsule endoscopy to detect are:

  • Celiac disease
  • Tumors
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS)
  • Polyps
  • Intestinal Bleeding

How Do I Prepare For A Capsule Endoscopy?

Similar to how important it is to prepare for a traditional colonoscopy, it’s important that you follow our preparation instructions very carefully before your procedure. In most cases, patients will be asked to fast for about 12 hours before the procedure. In some instances, we may require a complete bowel cleanse as well but that varies from patient to patient.

What Is The Procedure Like?

After you have fasted or the twelve hours beforehand, you will come into our office and we will monitor you as you swallow the capsule. You will be asked to avoid vigorous activity, disconnecting from the device, and interacting with an MRI machine. After the eight hours are up, we will have you come into our office and we will remove the belt.

A capsule endoscopy is a safe, easy, and effective procedure that is used to help us give patients a proper diagnosis. To learn more about this procedure or to schedule an appointment or call us our SOHO location.