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Capsule endoscopy is a non-invasive diagnostic tool used to examine the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It is a relatively new technology and has gained immense popularity in recent years due to its non-invasive nature and high accuracy in diagnosing various GI tract-related conditions. It is often used to identify any abnormalities in the digestive system, including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon.

Santa Monica Gastroenterologist David P Yamini, MD, often uses this technology when problems are difficult to detect using traditional endoscopy procedures, such as small bowel bleeding. Here, he explains more about how the procedure works.

What Is Capsule Endoscopy?

The capsule endoscopy procedure involves swallowing a small, pill-sized capsule that contains a camera, a light source and a wireless transmitter. The capsule is equipped with a battery that powers the camera and the transmitter. Once the capsule is swallowed, it travels through the digestive system and captures thousands of images of the GI tract. The images captured by the camera are transmitted to a small receiver device worn by the patient, which is then downloaded to a computer for further analysis.

Capsule endoscopy is a painless procedure and does not require any anesthesia. However, the patient needs to prepare by fasting for at least 12 hours before the procedure and taking laxatives to clean out the digestive system. The capsule is swallowed with water, and the patient is allowed to resume their normal activities while the capsule is in their system.

Benefits of Capsule Endoscopy

The capsule endoscopy procedure is particularly helpful in identifying conditions that are difficult to diagnose through traditional endoscopy, such as Crohn’s disease, celiac disease and tumors in the small intestine. It also helps in identifying the source of gastrointestinal bleeding, which is often difficult to locate using other diagnostic tools.

Capsule endoscopy has several advantages over traditional endoscopy. Unlike traditional endoscopy, capsule endoscopy is non-invasive and does not require sedation. It also provides a more comprehensive view of the GI tract, including the small intestine, which is often difficult to examine using traditional endoscopy.

However, capsule endoscopy is not suitable for patients with intestinal obstructions, swallowing disorders or pacemakers.

Dr. Yamini evaluates each patient on a case-by-case basis and will discuss the use of capsule endoscopy where appropriate. If he recommends this treatment, he will also explain the pros and cons, risks and specifics on how it works. He is also happy to answer any questions.

Santa Monica Capsule Endoscopy

Modern technology allows specialists like Dr. Yamini to diagnose and treat difficult GI issues much easier and this greater accuracy than ever before. Capsule endoscopy is a safe and effective diagnostic tool used to examine the GI tract. It is a non-invasive procedure that provides a comprehensive view of the digestive system, including the small intestine. While it has its limitations, capsule endoscopy is an important diagnostic tool that can help identify conditions that are difficult to diagnose using other diagnostic tools. Schedule an exam and consultation with Dr. Yamini if you experience gastrointestinal problems and learn more about how he can help.

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