A capsule endoscopy is a procedure used to view the digestive tract with a small, swallowable camera. It is normally used to view the small intestine, which is not accessible during a colonoscopy. Dr. Islam may schedule a capsule endoscopy to find the source of bleeding, check for ulcers and polyps, or to diagnose suspected inflammatory bowel disease. There is a special preparation used for this procedure. If you are scheduled for a capsule endoscopy, it is important to follow the instructions carefully.
The procedure begins with a small sensor is attached to your abdomen. Next, the pill-sized capsule is swallowed. While the capsule passes through the digestive tract, it transmits video images to a data recorder attached to your belt. After the test is completed, you return to the office and the data from the recorder is analyzed by Dr. Islam. Until the capsule is excreted, you should avoid being around an MRI machine as a patient or a visitor. It is important not to disconnect the data recorder prior to the end of the test. The device should only be removed by the doctor or his staff in the office.
Complications are rare, but there is a possibility for the capsule to become stuck in a narrow place in the digestive tract. This may result in a bowel obstruction, and it’s important to monitor the signs of a potential obstruction during recovery. Signs include bloating, abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting. if you experience any of these symptoms, contact the office immediately. After the procedure, be sure to report any fever, chest pains, or difficulty swallowing.
Make an appointment with Dr. Islam to learn if s capsule endoscopy is needed for your symptoms.