The capsule endoscopy or pill cam provides doctors with a better look at your gastrointestinal tract, including portions of the small intestine.
A common use of a capsule endoscopy is to determine the cause or origin for any type of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract.
Capsule endoscopies also allow doctors to identify signs of abnormalities in the digestive tract.
Capsule endoscopies do not require any form of sedation and can be considered the safer option to the traditional endoscopy.
The capsule will be passed out of the body in a few days and does not require surgery to be removed.
What Is A Capsule Endoscopy?
A capsule endoscopy or pill cam involves a wireless, pill-sized camera that is swallowed to give our doctors a better look at your gastrointestinal tract, including portions of your small intestine. The images taken by the camera allow our doctors to look for abnormalities within the body. These images are transmitted to a recorder that you wear around a belt.
Who Needs A Capsule Endoscopy?
Doctors use capsule endoscopies for several reasons; these include:
Locating the cause of gastrointestinal bleeding
The most common use of a capsule endoscopy is to help doctors determine the cause of unexplained bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract.
Capsule endoscopies allow our doctors to look for and identify tumours in the digestive tract.
Screening for polyps
Similarly, a capsule endoscopy can be used to screen a patient for polyps in the gastrointestinal tract.
Diagnosing celiac disease
Celiac disease can be diagnosed by monitoring a patient’s reaction to gluten in the digestive tract.
Diagnosing Crohn’s or other inflammatory bowel diseases
By giving doctors a better view of the gastrointestinal tract, a capsule endoscopy can aid in the diagnosis of bowel diseases.
Follow-up testing after X-rays or CT and MRI scans
If the results of these imaging tests are inconclusive, our doctor may order a capsule endoscopy to get a closer look at your digestive tract.
Examining the oesophagus
A capsule endoscopy may also be used to take pictures of a patient’s oesophagus to look for enlargement or abnormalities of the veins.
What To Expect During A Capsule Endoscopy?
Our doctors will give you fasting instructions before your capsule endoscopy. You may be asked to fast overnight or for 8 hours before the procedure.
Once you swallow the camera capsule, you should not be able to feel it. Wait 2 hours before consuming any liquids and 4 hours before consuming a light meal unless our doctor gives you other instructions.
After 8 hours, you can return the belt with the recorder and any other equipment. The camera should pass naturally from your body within a few days. If you do not see the camera in two weeks, contact our medical team, an X-ray may be ordered to see if the camera is still in your body.
During the procedure, you can go about your day as you usually would. However, you should avoid strenuous activities and keep dry. No swimming, showering or bathing is allowed.
What Are The Possible Complications Of A Capsule Endoscopy?
Capsule endoscopies are very safe. However, one possible complication is that the camera becomes lodged in a narrow passage. If you notice any bloating, nausea, vomiting, fever, trouble swallowing, or abdominal pain, contact our doctor immediately.
What Happens After A Capsule Endoscopy?
After 8 hours, you can remove any equipment from your body, such as the belt with the recorder. The capsule itself will pass naturally from your body over the next few days, and it can be safely flushed down the toilet. Once the procedure is complete, you can resume your regular activities. Your doctor will contact you with the results of your capsule endoscopy.
Do not have an MRI for 30 days after you have a capsule endoscopy.
Dr Ganesh is a patient and friendly doctor. I went to him for a scope as my stomach started feeling bloated all the time and I read that this could be something serious.
Because it’s the first time I am doing a gastroscopy and colonoscopy, I had plenty of questions to ask but I could feel his experience as he went through the do’s and don’ts.
My scope went painless and thanks to the G&L team, I understood that my insurance can be used so the procedure was cashless too.
As it turns out, I had stomach ulcers, which I have suspected for some time but because it was not too serious yet, Dr Ganesh suggests that I can avoid surgery for the time being. I followed his advice and medication and this is now 3 weeks after the scope and I do not have any discomfort.
Thank you Dr Ganesh and the team at G&L Surgical!
Dr Ganesh is one the friendliest doctors that I have spoken with. He’s very friendly and patient and always seems to have a very calm disposure. When I had to see him for scopes, the entire process was smooth and simple. I felt very assured and comforted after my consultation and treatment. The staff are also really nice and attentive, ready to ask if I need any help.
They also gave clear instructions and planned the procedure in detail so I simply had to show on the day of the procedure and everything is ready.
Thank you to Jiaxin, Ann and Angeline for being such lovely angels.
I had a great experience with Dr Ganesh. His explanation of the scope procedure was easy for me and my dad to understand. My dad is in his 60s and couldn’t speak English well. Surprisingly, Dr Ganesh could explain some of the points in Chinese and my Dad was able to understand it. His staff was also on standby throughout the consultation to help us with the translation which I greatly appreciated.
Thanks to his team, my dad had a smooth scope and all is great. Thank you to G&L team!
After hearing many stories, I was so glad that my scope experience is nothing like what I have heard after meeting Dr Ganesh.
He is a nice and friendly indian doctor, explaining in Tamil for me to also understand better because I couldn’t speak English well. I know I made the right choice since he is a caring doctor.
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As a strong proponent of treating the patient holistically instead of just their condition, Dr Ganesh Ramalingam advises patients as to how they can manage their daily habits and diets to lead healthier lifestyles. As a consultant with G&L Surgical Clinic specialising in General Surgery, he sees many patients with conditions related to the stomach and is skilled in bariatric surgery, upper GI and hernia surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery, endoscopies, and trauma.
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