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Five Towns Gastroenterology | Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Capsule Endoscopy and Colonoscopy

Capsule Endoscopy

A capsule endoscopy, also called a wireless capsule endoscopy or video capsule endoscopy, offers gastroenterologists a non-invasive and more patient-friendly approach to diagnosing and monitoring GI conditions. Unlike traditional endoscopy, which involves a long, flexible tube guided into the digestive tract, capsule endoscopy utilizes a small, ingestible capsule equipped with a miniature camera.

Why we may recommend a capsule endoscopy

With a capsule endoscopy, our office can investigate a range of gastrointestinal issues, such as unexplained abdominal pain, gastrointestinal bleeding, Crohn's disease, and small intestine disorders. It offers a more detailed examination of the small intestine and provides invaluable information about the condition of the GI tract. This procedure allows us to assess the small intestine more comprehensively— which is often challenging to reach with conventional endoscopy methods.

How it works

A capsule enteroscopy involves swallowing a capsule about the size of a large vitamin pill. Once ingested, the capsule travels through the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine and then advances through the colon, where it ultimately gets excreted in a bowel movement. As the capsule travels through the digestive system, it captures thousands of images of the GI tract's interior and transmits them wirelessly to a recording device worn by the patient. These high-resolution images enable our gastroenterologist to perform a detailed inspection of the gastrointestinal mucosa.

As a diagnostic tool, capsule endoscopy has significantly improved the accuracy and the early detection of gastrointestinal disorders— providing information that supports improved patient outcomes and more tailored treatment plans.

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