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Video Capsule Endoscopy

A Video Capsule Endoscopy (also termed capsule enteroscopy and wireless capsule endoscopy), allows us to examine the lining of the middle part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the three portions of the Small Intestine (Duodenum, Jejunum, Ileum). A pill sized video capsule called an endoscope, which has its own lens and light source, will capture the images and transmit them to a video monitor.
Capsule endoscopy helps Dr. Sachar evaluate the small intestine. This part of the bowel cannot be reached by traditional upper endoscopy or colonoscopy. A common reason for doing capsule endoscopy is to search for bleeding from the small intestine. This method may also be useful for detecting polyps, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease), ulcers, and tumors of the small intestine.

It is important that this procedure be completed on an empty stomach. Testing on an empty stomach provides the best and safest examination. Please do not eat or drink for at least twelve hours before the examination.
It is important that this procedure be completed on an empty stomach. Testing on an empty stomach provides the best and safest examination. Please do not eat or drink for at least twelve hours before the examination.

Dr. Sachar will prepare you for the examination by applying a sensor device to your abdomen with a sleeve adhesive. The pill-sized capsule endoscope is swallowed and passes through your digestive tract. The endoscope transmits video images to a data recorder, worn on your body, for approximately eight hours. At the end of the procedure you will return to the office where the data recorder is removed and the images of your small bowel will be viewed by Dr. Sachar.
This test has proved comfortable for most patients. The capsule endoscope is about the size of a large pill. During the testing it is not recommended that you be near a MRI device or schedule an MRI examination.
As with many new diagnostic testing method, we recommend you talk with your medical insurance provider to ensure the test is covered under your plan. We are dedicated to providing a warm, comforting environment during and after your test. We consult with you every step of the way to ensure you are knowledgeable and comfortable with the procedure. Please do not hesitate to ask questions.

While complications are rare, there is potential for the capsule to become stuck at a narrowed spot in the digestive tract, resulting in bowel obstruction. This is usually because of a stricture (narrowing) of the digestive tract from swelling from inflammation, prior surgery, or tumor. Signs of obstruction include unusual bloating, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting. Call us immediately if you experience any of these symptoms. In addition, if you develop a fever, experience difficulty swallowing or chest pain, call us immediately. Do not disconnect the system as this will result in loss of data your recording device.
Capsule endoscopy allows for examination of the small intestine, which cannot be easily reached by traditional methods of endoscopy.

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  • Obscure GI Bleeding