WHAT IS A CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY
This procedure involves the ingestion of a small capsule that contains a tiny camera that can take 2-4 images per second for eight hours. It has been specifically developed to view the small bowel.
Capsule endoscopy is used to try and pinpoint bleeding in hidden areas in the small bowel. It is also useful for tracking small bowel tumours and obscure abdominal pain.
The capsule is swallowed and travels, just like a piece of food, through the stomach, small bowel and into the large bowel.
Recording probes, taped onto the abdomen, track the progress of the capsule as it makes its way through the gastrointestinal system. The images obtained by the capsule are transmitted to a data-recorder worn in a harness around the waist.
1. REFERRAL REQUIRED
You require a valid REFERRAL from your General Practioner or Referring Specialist.
A referral from a General Practioner is valid for 1 year from date of issue.
A referral from a Specialist is valid for 3 months from date of issue
Please bring this with you to your procedure and give it to the doctor.
2. CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY PREPARATION
DAY PRIOR TO PROCEDURE
1. Only drink clear fluids the day prior to the procedure.
2. DO NOT eat any food at all.
3. Fast from midnight prior to the procedure.
DAY OF PROCEDURE
1. Medication may be taken with a sip of water before 6.30am if required.
2. Wear loose fitting comfortable clothing (Tshirt) without any metal buckles, buttons, zips etc.
3. You will be able to go home for the duration of the procedure.
4. After four hours, you may enjoy a light snack, clear liquids or water.