When will I know the outcome of the Capsule Endoscopy?
The physician will review and interpret the video images and prepare a report. Usually this is done within a few days and you would receive a call or be able to get the report from our portal. Results are sent to other physicians who may be treating you. Still photos of any abnormal findings are part of the report and the original video is stored on the computer.
What are the risks involved with the procedure?
Overall, patients find the test comfortable. Very seldom, a person may not be able to swallow the capsule, and if you have problems swallowing vitamin or other moderate size capsules, tell the staff before starting. Complications rare when physicians who are specially trained and experienced perform the procedure. A potential risk could be retention of the capsule, meaning it stops and doesn’t keep moving through you. This is usually an indicator of a blockage someplace that might not have been known about. Sometimes this is tested for ahead of time. If any significant abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting occur, notify the doctor doing your test without delay.
What are my alternatives to the Capsule Endoscopy?
Capsule Endoscopy is usually used when other methods such as: upper GI endoscopy, Colonoscopy and/or direct scope Enteroscopy have failed to provide a diagnosis. Alternatives like “deep enteroscopy” involves passing a very long endoscope into the small intestine and is sometimes necessary. This is more invasive however and carries a greater risk.