Capsule Endoscopy Specialist

Digestive Disorders Associates and MDTEC

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Annapolis, MD

A capsule endoscopy is an effective and revolutionary way for your gastroenterologist to view your digestive tract. In Annapolis, Maryland, location, the experienced teams at Digestive Disorders Associates offers innovative diagnostic testing and quality treatment methods to get to the root cause of your health complications. Instead of a long tube placed down your esophagus, a capsule endoscopy simply involves a small vitamin-size camera capsule. For superior care and state-of-the-art medical advancements, call or schedule your appointment online.

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What is a Capsule Endoscopy?

A Capsule endoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to use tiny cameras inside of a capsule that is swallowed to view your small intestine as it passes through.  This area is difficult to reach and see using traditional more invasive endoscopic procedures.

 

Why would I need a Capsule Endoscopy?  nee

  • Diagnose cancer
  • Determine the cause of gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Diagnose inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease
  • Diagnose celiac disease
  • A capsule endoscopy might also serve as a follow-up test after X-rays or other imaging.

 

What is the difference between a traditional endoscopy and a capsule endoscopy?

A traditional endoscopy entails passing a long and flexible tube with a video camera down your throat or through your rectum. A capsule endoscopy simply involves you swallowing a small capsule that is about the size of a vitamin.  The procedure is more comfortable and convenient, and it’s a highly effective way for your gastroenterologist to view inside your small intestine — an area that’s hard to reach with traditional endoscopy procedures. In some cases, capsule endoscopy can be used to examine the colon.

 

Will I feel any pain?

You should not feel any pain while swallowing the capsule, or as the capsule travels through your digestive tract.  The capsule should pass naturally with a bowel movement.  Unlike other endoscopic procedures, you will not require sedation

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