Wish there was an easier way than endoscopy to check the health of your digestive system? There is – the capsule endoscopy, which is also called a wireless endoscopy. No tubes, sedatives, or time on the exam table are required. The board-certified gastroenterologists at Triborough GI in New York often recommend capsule endoscopy for their patients who have a difficult time with the traditional version. For more information about the wireless endoscopy, schedule a visit at one of Triborough GI’s three convenient locations in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Call one of the offices or use the online tool to book your appointment.
A capsule endoscopy could be described as the wireless version of a traditional endoscopy. It involves swallowing a capsule about the size of a multivitamin that contains a high definition camera. As the capsule travels through your digestive system, the camera snaps thousands of color pictures. The capsule then passes from your system via a bowel movement.
The pictures taken by the capsule camera are transmitted to a recorder attached to a belt, which you wear for the eight hours or so that it takes to complete the study. You then return the recording device to the office where the pictures are transferred to a computer that uses special software to string the photos together so that they form a video.
Most patients can go about their normal routine after swallowing the capsule and leaving the office, other than avoiding strenuous exercise or heavy lifting.
A traditional endoscopy requires time in the office, during which your provider inserts a soft, flexible tube with a camera attached into your small intestine through your throat (esophagus).
An endoscopy is not necessarily painful but can be uncomfortable and requires sedation that relaxes you but keeps you conscious. Many patients find this very difficult to endure but have no difficulty swallowing a vitamin-sized capsule.
The capsule endoscopy also provides a better view of your small intestine than the traditional version. This advantage is very helpful when diagnosing or evaluating treatment for certain conditions, such as celiac disease.
Traditional and capsule endoscopies are used to:
For more information about capsule endoscopy, schedule a visit with one of the specialists at Triborough GI in New York. Call the practice or book your visit online.