Capsule Endoscopy Specialist

Advanced GI LLC

Gastroenterology located in Chicago, IL

Diagnosing a variety of gastrointestinal conditions is as easy as swallowing a pill. At Advanced GI LLC in the Lake View neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, experienced gastroenterologists Michael Flicker, MD, and Carl Atallah, DO, offer comprehensive diagnostics using capsule endoscopy. If you’re experiencing constipation, diarrhea, or other issues, the providers can evaluate your gastrointestinal tract without incisions or surgery. Call Advanced GI LLC or book a consultation online today to find out if you’re a candidate for capsule endoscopy.

Capsule Endoscopy Q&A

What is capsule endoscopy?

Capsule endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure to evaluate symptoms affecting your gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

During a capsule endoscopy, you swallow a capsule that contains a light and a small, wireless camera. As the camera travels through your digestive tract, it takes photos and sends them to an external recording device that you wear.

When the capsule reaches the end of your GI tract, you will pass it naturally in a bowel movement but won’t need to retrieve the camera.

Why would I need a capsule endoscopy?

You may need a capsule endoscopy as part of a diagnostic evaluation to diagnose symptoms that affect your gastrointestinal tract. This procedure can rule out or confirm conditions like:

  • Polyps
  • Ulcers
  • Tumors
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease)

The team may use capsule endoscopy in combination with other diagnostic tests, including X-rays.

How do I prepare for a capsule endoscopy?

Before your appointment, your provider gives instructions for preparing for capsule endoscopy. You can’t eat or drink anything for 12 hours before your procedure and should avoid strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting.

If you take medications, your provider can determine if you need to alter your schedule in the days leading up to your test.

How long does it take for the capsule to leave the body?

After you swallow the capsule, it should pass through your body without any noticeable symptoms or complications. You can resume drinking liquids within two hours and eating food within four hours of ingesting the capsule.

Typically, the camera continues to travel through your GI tract for several days, and the Advanced GI LLC team will have test results within a week.

There is a small risk of the capsule getting stuck in your digestive tract, which is more common in those with Crohn’s disease or tumors. The team can recommend how to move forward if you don’t pass the camera after two weeks.

If you need comprehensive diagnostic care for gastrointestinal issues, rely on the expertise of the Advanced GI LLC team. Call the office or book an appointment online today.