Capsule Endoscopy Specialist

Digestive Disease Care

Gastroenterologists & Hepatologists located in Lake Success, East Setauket, Mineola, Hicksville, Forest Hills, & Jamaica, NY

To get relief from your gastrointestinal symptoms, you need an accurate diagnosis. The board-certified gastroenterology physicians at Digestive Disease Care offer many diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your symptoms, including capsule endoscopy. To get the answers you need from a team who puts your health first, call the New York office most convenient to you, which includes Lake Success, East Setauket, Mineola, and Hicksville in Long Island, and Forest Hills and Jamaica in Queens, or book an appointment online today.

Capsule Endoscopy Q & A

What is capsule endoscopy?

Capsule endoscopy is a diagnostic test offered at Digestive Disease Care. During the test, you swallow a capsule equipped with a tiny wireless camera that takes pictures of your digestive system and transmits them to a recording device. 

The procedure is painless and allows the team at Digestive Disease Care to evaluate the middle part of your gastrointestinal tract, which is a segment typically too difficult to assess during a traditional upper endoscopy. 

Am I a good candidate for capsule endoscopy?

The gastroenterology experts at Digestive Disease Care determine if you’re a good candidate for capsule endoscopy. The team may recommend the procedure to diagnose:

  • The cause of your gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Cancer
  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Enlarged esophageal veins (esophageal varices)

Endoscopy may also be recommended to confirm or rule out the cause of your gastrointestinal symptoms, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, or anemia. 

How do I prepare for a capsule endoscopy?

The team at Digestive Disease Care provides specific instructions on the steps you need to take to prepare for your capsule endoscopy. To get the best images, the team requests you stop eating and drinking at least 12 hours before your test. They may also prescribe a laxative to clear out your intestinal tract.

You may also need to modify your medication schedule to prevent interference with the test. 

What happens during a capsule endoscopy?

Your capsule endoscopy procedure starts at the Digestive Disease Care office. After reviewing the procedure with you, the team has you swallow the vitamin-sized capsule. The team provides specific instructions about eating, drinking, and activity to ensure you get the best imaging during your capsule endoscopy. 

You’re then sent on your way to resume your usual activities. During your test, the capsule takes thousands of pictures of your intestinal tract and transmits them to the recording device worn on your belt or over your shoulder. The process takes about eight hours from start to finish, and your body eliminates the capsule during a bowel movement. 

The team has you return to the office to hand over the recording device so they can evaluate the images, and schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss the results.

To learn more about capsule endoscopy, contact Digestive Disease Care by phone or online today.