Saturday, June 5, 2010

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY

SMALL BOWEL CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY 

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR THE PROCEDURE?

You will receive preparation instructions before the examination. An empty stomach allows optimal viewing conditions, so you should start a liquid diet after lunch the day prior to the examination and have nothing to eat or drink, including water, for approximately ten (10) hours before a small bowel examination. Your doctor will tell you when to start fasting. Tell your doctor in advance about any medications you take, as you might need to adjust your usual dose for the examination. Tell your doctor of the presence of a pacemaker or other implanted electromedical devices, previous abdominal surgery, swallowing problems or previous history of obstructions in the bowel.



WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY?
The doctor or nurse will prepare you for the examination by applying a sensor array to your abdomen with adhesive sleeves. The capsule endoscopy is ingested with water and passes naturally through your digestive tract while transmitting video images to a data recorder worn on a belt for approximately eight (8) hours. You will be able to eat four (4) hours after the capsule ingestion unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

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