Gastroenterology & Hepatology (GI)

Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule endoscopy is used for people with undiagnosed bleeding from their GI tract.  Capsule endoscopy procedure involves swallowing a capsule the size of a large pill which passes naturally through your digestive system while taking pictures of the intestine. You will be wearing a data recorder on a belt. This records for 8 hours at which time you will come back to have the recorder taken off and the physician will review the images. The capsule will be excreted naturally in your bowel movement. In the rare case it is not excreted naturally, it will need to be removed endoscopically or surgically.

Preparation for Procedure:
You may not take iron for 7 days, carafate or antacids for 24 hrs before test.

Day before test:

  • Lunch on the day before your test, you are restricted to clear liquids (juice, broth, Gatorade, popsicles, 7 up, tea etc).
  • No red or purple liquids as they may look like blood when viewing the images.
  • If you are diabetic, refer to your doctor for insulin instructions.
  • You may have nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
  • Do not take any medications 2 hours before your test.

If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Sherrell RN or Amy Peterson RN at (402) 559-4582 between the hours of 7:00 am and 3:30 pm Monday through Friday.

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