To help diagnose problems in the small intestine, Advanced G.I. LLC uses some of the latest technology available to gastronomists. Small bowel capsule endoscopy takes photos of the digestive tract using a small camera. This wireless camera is placed inside a capsule that the patient can easily swallow, so patients can avoid long endoscopic tubes. This is particularly useful for examining the small intestine, which can be difficult to reach during an endoscopy.
When is capsule endoscopy used?
Dr. Michael Flicker, Dr. Carl Atallah and Dr. Daniel Berger may use capsule endoscopy to:
- Diagnose gastrointestinal cancer
- Diagnose inflammatory diseases (including Chrohn’s disease) or celiac disease
- Find the source of bleeding within gastrointestinal tissue or organs
- Screen for polyps within the colon
Capsule endoscopy may also be used in conjunction with other imaging tests, such as X-rays.
How do I prepare for a capsule endoscopy examination?
- Do not drink any fluids or eat any food in the 12 hours before your appointment.
- Discuss with our gastroenterologists whether you will need to stop taking certain medications.
- Avoid heavy exercise or lifting following your procedure. Ask our gastroenterologists if you can return to work following your procedure.
What can I expect during my capsule endoscopy appointment?
Each patient wears a recorder, which receives and stores images from the capsule. The patient will then swallow the capsule, with any activity or dietary restrictions discussed with our gastroenterologists beforehand. Patients can usually resume drinking (clear) liquids two hours after their visit, and after four hours, can resume eating. The camera capsule will be passed in a bowel movement and does not need to be retrieved. However, if the camera capsule is not passed within two weeks, contact Advanced G.I. LLC.
If you have any questions before or after your capsule endoscopy visit, be sure to stop by or call our office at 773-598-5588.