What Happens During My Capsule Endoscopy?

When you arrive for your procedure, a doctor, nurse, or other health professional should review and explain the potential benefits and risks of and potential alternatives to a capsule endoscopy.

After you provide your informed consent to proceed with the procedure, a healthcare professional will tape a sensor to your abdomen and fasten a small data recorder to your belt. The doctor will provide the capsule, and you will swallow the capsule with a glass of water.

After swallowing the capsule, you may leave the doctor’s office and enjoy the day. You will need to follow these guidelines:

  • Avoid rigorous exercise (such as running or jumping).
  • Avoid being near an MRI, other imaging tests, or hand radios.
  • Keep the sensor and data recorder devices fastened securely.
  • After 2-4 hours, depending on your health professional’s recommendation, you may begin drinking clear liquids again.
  • After 4-6 hours, depending on your health professional’s recommendation, you may have one light meal.
  • After 8-12 hours, depending on your health professional’s recommendation, you may remove the capsule equipment (sensors and data recorder).
  • After the equipment is removed, you may eat and drink normally.

Please call your doctor immediately if you experience bloating, fever, pain, vomiting, trouble swallowing, chest pain, or other symptoms.

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