Capsule Endoscopy

A Capsule Endoscopy allows your doctor to view the lining of the small intestine (duodenum, jejunum and ileum) which can't be reached by upper endoscopy (EGD) or colonoscopy. It is used to search for a cause of bleeding, to find polyps, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease), ulcers, and tumors. Your doctor will tell you if you are a candidate and the risks, benefits, and possible complications will be discussed with you by your doctor prior to your procedure.

Your doctor may have you do a bowel cleansing prior to the exam, and will tell you when to start fasting. You will be asked to swallow a very small capsule sized video camera that has its own light source and takes pictures of your small intestine as it passes through. A sensor will be placed on your abdomen with adhesive which will transmit video images to a recorder worn on your belt for approximately 8 hours. During recording time, you will have to avoid vigorous physical activity such as running or jumping, and your doctor will instruct you as to when you may have liquids and meals after swallowing the capsule.

Your doctor will discuss the results of the exam usually within 1 week.

Following are instructions which will also be given to you by your doctor. Please review them and follow them as directed.

On the day of your procedure: Plan to arrive at the time designated by your physician.

  • Please bring your insurance card, Photo ID, insurance co-pay and all forms completed.
  • DO NOT BRING ANY VALUABLES; THIS INCLUDES JEWELRY, MONEY, CREDIT CARDS, CELL PHONES, ETC. UNLESS NEEDED FOR CO-PAY. THERE ARE NO LOCKERS AVAILABLE.
  • Please do not apply lotion before the procedure.
  • Please come accompanied by another adult or plan for a ride home – you will not be able to drive for 24 hours following sedation.
  • Please bring a list of your medications you are currently taking with the dosage and times including vitamins and herbal supplements.
  • If you take blood thinners, aspirin, Motrin, anti-inflammatory medication, notify your physician prior to your procedure.
  • If you are taking Blood Pressure medication, heart medication or seizure medication – you make take that in the morning with a sip of water.
  • Diabetic patients – Consult your PCP regarding medication the day of the procedure – your blood sugar level will be taken the day of the procedure.
  • If you have any medical questions, please contact your doctor.