What is a capsule endoscopy?
A capsule endoscopy is performed in order to examine the small intestine, which can’t be visualized using other procedures such as colonoscopy or standard endoscopy.
Capsule endoscopy is a pain-free procedure, and you won’t require sedation.
You will be asked to swallow a tiny, pill-size camera that will transmit and/or record pictures as it passes through your gastrointestinal tract. These images can be reviewed later. The device passes harmlessly through your intestine until it is passed in your stool.
You will usually be asked not to eat or drink anything for 12 hours before the procedure, and you may be advised to stop taking certain medications beforehand. You may be asked to avoid strenuous activity while the capsule camera is doing its work.
Who needs a capsule endoscopy?
A capsule endoscopy can be recommended for you if your physician needs to investigate issues such as gastrointestinal bleeding, abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea or malabsorption problems.
It’s used to aid in the diagnosis of coeliac disease and inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s Disease, and for the detection of ulcers, tumors and polyps.