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What is the purpose of video capsule endoscopy?

Video capsule endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure to visualize the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon.  The patient swallows a capsule that travels the entire length of the small intestine, which is beyond the capability of a traditional colonoscopy, taking images and videos.

Video capsule endoscopy is useful for:

  • Locating and determining sources of gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Diagnosing digestive tract tumors
  • Detecting polyps and other growths that can be precancerous
  • Diagnosing and monitoring celiac disease
  • Following up on imaging test results
How is video capsule endoscopy performed?
  • When you arrive at our office, we affix sticky leads (which resemble EKG leads) to your chest that will capture data from a small recorder that you will wear on your waist.
  • You then swallow the capsule, which is about the size of a large vitamin tablet. Rarely, patients cannot swallow the capsule; in these instances, we can place the capsule in the stomach endoscopically, with the patient under anesthesia.
  • As long as your job does not require strenuous physical activity, you can go to work and perform other routine activities.
  • You can drink clear liquids two hours after ingesting the capsule and eat a light lunch or snack four hours afterward.
  • The test is over after eight hours or when you see you’ve passed the capsule in the toilet, whichever comes first.
  • After the test, you can remove the patches and recorder and return them according to your doctor’s instructions.
  • You will receive your results in about a week.
What preparation is required for video capsule endoscopy?

Prior to video capsule endoscopy, you will need to fast overnight and take a laxative to clean out your digestive tract, ensuring the clearest possible images. Your physician will provide specific instructions for you to follow leading up to the test.

What happens following video capsule endoscopy?

About one week following the video capsule endoscopy, your gastroenterologist will be in touch to discuss the results.

Where is video capsule endoscopy performed?

Most of the time, video capsule endoscopy is initiated in our office.  However, if you cannot swallow the capsule, you will need to schedule a procedure to have it placed endoscopically at one of our endoscopy centers.