If you have unexplained gastrointestinal symptoms, a capsule endoscopy could help your doctor reach a diagnosis. At The Gastroenterology Group in Akron, Ohio, a group of experienced board-certified gastroenterologists provides comprehensive medical care, including symptom evaluation, diagnosis, and personalized treatment plans. Book your appointment online today or call the office for help.
To begin a capsule endoscopy, you swallow a capsule containing a miniature wireless camera. The camera captures about 50,000 individual images as it travels through your digestive tract. The camera sends these images to a recording device that you wear on your belt.
Undergoing a capsule endoscopy is the most effective way to thoroughly examine the small intestine. This makes it an essential part of the diagnosis for people who have gastrointestinal symptoms that might center there.
You might need a capsule endoscopy if you have unexplained gastrointestinal symptoms. This test can help diagnose:
In some cases, a capsule endoscopy is just one of the tests you need. Many people have other tests, like X-rays or other imaging exams, before they have a capsule endoscopy.
The Gastroenterology Group provides a detailed list of preparations before your capsule endoscopy. The emptier your digestive tract is, the better the images, so you’ll start a clear liquid diet at noon the day before you swallow the capsule. You’ll also take bowel prep to fully empty your bowels and a gas relief medication according to specific directions.
You’ll also receive specific instructions on how to take your medications before the procedure. Strictly following these instructions is the key to a successful capsule endoscopy procedure.
After you swallow the capsule containing the tiny camera, it takes 8-9 hours for the capsule to move all the way through your digestive tract.
You can go about your regular day during a capsule endoscopy. Most people pass the capsule during a bowel movement within 24-48 hours of swallowing it.
Contact The Gastroenterology Group right away if you experience any problems like abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting during a capsule endoscopy.
After your capsule endoscopy, you’ll return to The Gastroenterology Group office so that your provider can collect the recorder and download the images.
Call The Gastroenterology Group now or click on the provided booking link to arrange your appointment and learn more about capsule endoscopy.