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Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule Endoscopy services offered in Wantagh, NY

Capsule endoscopy can diagnose conditions like ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, esophageal cancer, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) without discomfort, anesthesia, or sedation. At Long Island Gastroenterology Specialists, with offices in North Wantagh, and South Wantagh, New York, the talented specialists work together to provide the highest standard of care. They always keep your comfort in mind, so call the nearest office or click on the appointment scheduler now.

Capsule Endoscopy Q & A

What is a capsule endoscopy?

A capsule endoscopy is a procedure that allows your Long Island Gastroenterology Specialists gastroenterologist to view your esophagus or small intestine remotely. The procedure avoids sedation, anesthesia, or recovery time.

The capsule endoscopy procedure involves swallowing a vitamin-sized capsule, which then records images on its journey through your digestive tract. 

When might I need a capsule endoscopy?

A capsule endoscopy is an effective diagnostic tool, so if your gastroenterologist suspects a problem in your esophagus or small intestine, they may recommend this test. Through capsule endoscopy, your doctor can detect, diagnose, or evaluate the cause of:

  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Esophageal varices (abnormal enlarged veins)
  • Esophageal cancers
  • Small intestine lesions, ulcers, tumors, and other abnormal growths
  • IBD, such as Crohn’s disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Iron deficiency anemia

Capsule endoscopy is especially helpful in visualizing areas that may be hard to see with traditional upper endoscopies.

When might I need an upper endoscopy instead of capsule endoscopy?

Capsule endoscopy is an effective diagnostic tool, but it doesn’t allow for tissue sampling (biopsy). So, you may need a traditional upper endoscopy procedure if you need a biopsy to check for cancer or other problems inside the esophagus or small intestine.

How do I prepare for capsule endoscopy?

Long Island Gastroenterology Specialists provides you with complete preparation guidelines ahead of your capsule endoscopy. This includes:

  • Discontinuing iron supplements three days before your procedure
  • Clear-liquid diet starting at 1pm the day before your procedure
  • Discontinuing all liquids (including water) at midnight the day before your procedure
  • No food, liquids, or medication the day of your procedure
  • Wearing loose, comfortable clothing to accommodate a belt and sensors

After you swallow the capsule in the office, you can drive home since you don’t need sedation or anesthesia for the procedure.

What happens after capsule endoscopy? 

You return in eight hours for equipment collection, and you normally pass the capsule in your stool within the next 48 hours. You can flush the capsule safely. 

After your Long Island Gastroenterology Specialists doctor thoroughly reviews all of the information from the capsule endoscopy, they can make a diagnosis and explain your treatment options.

Long Island Gastroenterology Specialists uses industry-leading products like PillCam™ SB and PillCam ESO to safely and effectively visualize your digestive system without sedation or anesthesia. Call the nearest office or use the provided link to schedule your capsule endoscopy procedure now.