How Do I Prepare for My Capsule Endoscopy?

A capsule endoscopy cannot be performed in people who have certain health conditions or health circumstances. If your doctor recommends a capsule endoscopy, please be sure to share the following information with him / her:

  • Any medical conditions you have;
  • All medications you are taking (over-the-counter and prescription);
  • If you have had a pacemaker or other medical device implanted;
  • If you have been diagnosed with a bowel obstruction or inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease or colitis);
  • If you have difficulty swallowing pills;
  • If you are or might be pregnant.

This information will be very important in helping your doctor to determine whether or not a capsule endoscopy is right for you.

Once you and your doctor decide that a capsule endoscopy is right for you, you will need to begin preparing for your procedure:

  • Your doctor may ask you to stop taking iron supplements up to 5 days before the procedure.
  • The day before your procedure, you will need to maintain a clear liquid diet and will need to take a medication (sometimes called “bowel prep”) to clean out the gastrointestinal system. This will allow the capsule camera to take clear pictures of the lining of the small intestine.
  • You will need to stop eating and drinking a number of hours before the procedure, based on your doctor’s instructions.
  • You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your appointment to have the procedure.
  • The dietary and bowel prep instructions will vary based on your health situation and your doctor’s recommendations. Please check with your doctor or healthcare professional for the diet, medication, and other instructions to prepare for your procedure.

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