Everything you need to know about Capsule Endoscopy at Advanced Gastro Center
Overview of Capsule Endoscopy
A capsule endoscopy is a simple, almost entirely noninvasive procedure done to examine your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It has many advantages, including no need for anesthesia or anytime in the hospital. This procedure is often used as an alternative to colonoscopy for patients who cannot have a colonoscopy for various reasons.
Indications of Capsule Endoscopy
Although endoscopy, which involves inserting a tube with a camera in the esophagus or rectum, is the usual procedure of choice for surveilling the GI tract, capsule endoscopy may be used for patients who are unable to tolerate a traditional endoscopy. Capsule endoscopy may be ordered for a wide variety of reasons, including GI bleeding, investigation of colon polyps, and inspection of the esophagus.
Capsule Endoscopy Procedure
The capsule in a capsule endoscopy is a special pill containing a camera. You swallow it just like any other pill and wear a special belt that contains a recorder. Your doctor may need to attach wireless patches to your chest as well. A capsule endoscopy typically takes about 24 hours, after which you will return to your gastroenterologist’s office to return the belt and receive your results.
Preparation: Your gastroenterological professionals at New Jersey Advanced Gastro Center may ask you not to eat or drink for up to 12 hours before your capsule endoscopy. You also might be instructed to take a laxative to prepare. You may generally go about your day while the camera is inside of you, but you should refrain from any especially strenuous activity.
Capsule Endoscopy Recovery
The camera will pass through your GI system like any other piece of food. It will exit in your stool and can be safely flushed. There is no need to retain the capsule or camera.