The procedure is used to take images of your digestive track by swallowing a pill sized capsule. As the capsule travels through the digestive track, the camera will be able to take images of your digestive track, a location that is not easy to view with traditional endoscopy. A capsule endoscopy is used to identify diseases of the small intestine.
What can it help diagnose?
• Crohn's Disease
• Small intestinal tumors such as lymphoma, carcinoid tumor, and small intestinal cancer
Capsule endoscopies are noninvasive procedures that are used to diagnose angiodysplasias, Crohn's disease and gastrointestinal cancers. The patient will swallow a pill-sized camera that travels through the digestive tract and allows the doctor to view parts of the gastrointestinal mucosa. The procedure is as easy as taking your daily vitamin - you won't have to take time off work or school.
If you're getting a capsule endoscopy from Greater OKC Gastroenterology Associates in Edmond, OK, reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have. Call now to speak with one of our doctors.
Because capsule endoscopies are so noninvasive, they carry very little risk. However, some people may experience a narrowing of the digestive tract. This is more likely for those with Crohn's disease or tumors. If you experience abdominal pain or bleeding after your capsule endoscopy, make an appointment with your doctor.