A detailed view of your small intestine doesn’t have to come from a traditional less-than-comfortable endoscopy procedure. With PillCam™ capsule endoscopy available at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC, with two locations in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, you can simply swallow a small capsule containing a camera and go about the rest of your day. The camera records images of your gastrointestinal tract and transmits them to a recording device on your waist. To find out if a capsule endoscopy is necessary for your diagnosis, call Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC, or book an appointment online today.
Capsule endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that involves swallowing a capsule the size of a pill or vitamin. The capsule contains a very small camera that takes images as it passes through your digestive system. At Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC, the team uses the advanced PillCam system.
After you swallow the capsule, you wear a belt around your waist containing a recording device. The pill transmits all images to the recording device. The team at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC gathers the images from the device and analyzes them to diagnose or rule out possible conditions causing your gastrointestinal complications.
When the capsule exits your body, you don’t need to worry about removing it from the toilet or bringing it back to the office. Since all the information from the capsule went to the recording device, you can discard it and return to your normal routine.
The device records images for about eight hours or until the capsule comes out, whichever comes first. If you don’t see the PillCam come out within two weeks, you should book an appointment for a possible X-ray.
The Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC team might recommend a capsule endoscopy if you have prolonged gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea, unexplained bleeding, or abdominal pain. The test can help your provider diagnose or rule out conditions that might cause these symptoms, like:
With capsule endoscopy, the team at Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC shares your results with you about a week after you finish the procedure.
There are a few things you need to do to prepare for a successful capsule endoscopy. By following your provider’s preparation instructions, you can avoid needing to take the test again or rescheduling your initial test.
In order to prepare for a smooth and uncomplicated capsule endoscopy, you may need to:
While the PillCam is inside you, you should avoid strenuous activity as much as possible. Your provider tells you whether or not to take the day off from work while the camera passes through your system.
If you have unusual gastrointestinal symptoms, don’t hesitate to call Hattiesburg GI Associates PLLC, or book an appointment online, for a capsule endoscopy consultation today.