Capsule Endoscopy Specialist

Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule Endoscopy services offered in South Bend, Plymouth and LaPorte, IN

If you have persistent abdominal pain and need diagnostic testing, you may be a candidate for a capsule endoscopy. At Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc, with offices in South Bend, Plymouth, and La Porte, Indiana, and at The South Bend Clinic on North Eddy Street, the gastroenterology specialists offer capsule endoscopy procedures in-office to diagnose conditions that affect your small intestine. The providers use the results of your testing to confirm your diagnosis and customize the right treatment plan for you. Call the Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc office nearest to you to schedule an appointment.

Capsule Endoscopy Q & A

What is a capsule endoscopy?

A capsule endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure the Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc providers use to view your small intestine.

The test involves swallowing a small, wireless capsule that contains a camera to take pictures of your lower digestive tract. This is an area that’s not generally accessible during an upper endoscopy.

Why would I need a capsule endoscopy?

You might be a candidate for a capsule endoscopy if you have unexplained abdominal pain or other symptoms that relate to gastrointestinal issues like:

  • Tumors
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Celiac disease

The test can also be useful for identifying what’s causing bleeding, unexplained weight loss, or anemia when other diagnostic tests aren’t effective.

After a comprehensive physical exam and a review of your medical history, the Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc providers can determine if a capsule endoscopy is right for you.

What happens during a capsule endoscopy?

During a capsule endoscopy, you swallow a small capsule that contains a tiny, wireless camera. The camera takes thousands of pictures as it travels through your digestive tract. You shouldn’t feel any discomfort as the capsule moves through your digestive tract.

The providers at Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc also attach several electrodes over your abdomen. The electrodes connect to a data recorder that you wear on a belt around your waist.

You can resume your usual activities after swallowing the capsule but need to avoid eating or drinking for the first two hours. After a period of eight hours, you return to the office, so the providers can remove the recorder. The capsule should leave your body naturally within five to seven days.

The gastroenterology specialists access the images from the camera. It can take some time for them to evaluate your results and contact you with further details about moving forward. If your capsule endoscopy identifies abnormalities in your small intestine or lower digestive tract, you may need additional diagnostic testing to confirm a diagnosis.

To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of a capsule endoscopy, call the Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc office nearest you or book an appointment online today.