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Capsule Endoscopy

Ramesh Ashwath, MD, FACG -  - Board Certified Gastroenterologist

Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care

Ramesh Ashwath, MD, FACG

Board Certified Gastroenterologist located in Brandon, FL

If you regularly experience gastrointestinal problems like cramping or abdominal pain, capsule endoscopy provides a safe and effective way to pinpoint the underlying cause. At Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care in Brandon, Florida, board-certified gastroenterologist Ramesh Ashwath, MD, FACG, and the team use capsule endoscopy to diagnose various conditions, including Barrett’s esophagus, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a friendly staff member today.

Capsule Endoscopy Q & A

What is capsule endoscopy?

Capsule endoscopy is a type of diagnostic screening used to evaluate your small intestine in detail. 

A capsule endoscope is a small, pill-sized device that contains a wireless camera. You swallow the capsule, and it moves through your stomach and intestines, taking detailed images of your digestive tract. The camera uploads the images to a belt on your waist. 

Following your capsule endoscopy, you return to Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care. The team downloads the images and uses them to make a diagnosis and guide treatment.

Am I a good candidate for capsule endoscopy?

The team at Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care typically uses capsule endoscopy to diagnose problems with your small intestine, including:

  • Internal bleeding
  • Polyps
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Ulcers 

Capsule endoscopy can also detect tumors and other abnormalities of the small intestine.

How do I prepare for capsule endoscopy?

Before undergoing capsule endoscopy, you visit the team at Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care. During your appointment, the team conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle.

Let your provider know if you take any prescription medications, vitamins, or supplements regularly. Alert the team to any allergies or gastrointestinal obstructions you’ve experienced in the past.

After gathering the necessary information, the team asks you fast for at least 12 hours. You might also need to undergo bowel prep or cleansing.

How does capsule endoscopy work?

After fasting for at least 12 hours, you swallow the capsule endoscope with a small amount of water. Once you swallow the capsule, you can go to work and complete other routine activities. While the capsule passes through your digestive tract, avoid strenuous exercise and jarring movements.

Most people pass the capsule in a bowel movement. The capsule is disposable and safe to flush down the toilet. If you don’t pass the capsule within a day or two, contact the team at Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care. They can order X-rays to determine if it’s still in your system.

What happens after capsule endoscopy?

Following your capsule endoscopy, you return to Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care. At your second appointment, the team downloads the images from your recording device. Your provider carefully reviews them to evaluate your GI tract and see if there are any abnormalities.

The team uses your results to pinpoint the source of your abdominal pain and to develop a custom care plan.

Schedule your capsule endoscopy at Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care today. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a friendly staff member today.


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