CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY

Capsule endoscopy, as the name indicates, is a procedure in which endoscopy is done via a capsule. It is used to take pictures of the digestive tract, especially the 6-meter small intestine because this area is difficult for the doctors to examine from ordinary endoscopic procedures.

What is Capsule Endoscopy?


Capsule endoscopy, as the name indicates, is a procedure in which endoscopy is done via a capsule. It is used to take pictures of the digestive tract, especially the 6 meter small intestine, because this area is difficult for the doctors to examine from ordinary endoscopic procedures. The conventional endoscopy is done with a flexible long tube which is passed through the throat down into the gut.




How does Capsule Endoscopy work?


In capsule endoscopy, a patient is asked to swallow a capsule which is size of a vitamin pill. The capsule contains a tiny, wireless camera. As the capsule passes through the digestive tract of the patient and takes pictures of it. The pictures are then transmitted to a recorder which is tied around the waist of the patient with a belt.




What are the indications of Capsule Endoscopy?


Capsule endoscopy is referred by a doctor for a patient if he presents with complaints related to GIT for which the causes are not clear. These might include the following:

  • Find the cause of gastrointestinal bleeding/ane,ia
  • Diagnose inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Diagnose cancer
  • Diagnose celiac disease
  • For follow up testing of GIT after other imaging studies as X-Ray or Ultrasound




What are the potential risks of Capsule Endoscopy?


Capsule endoscopy has a very few potential risks. However, there are chances that the capsule does not leave your body during normal bowel movements after a few days and gets stuck in the digestive system instead. This is most likely to occur in patients with:

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Tumor
  • Stricture




What precautions should I take before a Capsule Endoscopy procedure?


You need to take following precautions in case you’re going for capsule endoscopy:

  • Fasting for at least 12 hours before procedure
  • Refrain from taking other medications
  • Avoid strenuous exercise





Find Out More About Capsule Endoscopy

At NYC Gastroenterology and Nutrition, expert capsule endoscopy is done under professional supervision for the best results. Contact us if you think you need any related help.

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