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Capsule Endoscopy Specialist

Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates -  - Gastroenterology

Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Douglaston, NY

A capsule endoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves using a very small wireless camera to evaluate your digestive tract. The board-certified gastroenterologists at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates in Douglaston, New York provide capsule endoscopy services to evaluate your gastrointestinal system. If you experience gastrointestinal bleeding, have malabsorption issues, or have a history of abnormal growths, among other digestive issues, a capsule endoscopy is a highly effective diagnostic tool. Find out more by booking an exam online or over the phone today.

Capsule Endoscopy Q & A

Why do I need a capsule endoscopy? 

A capsule endoscopy is one of the most modern and innovative ways for your doctor to evaluate your bowels without performing an invasive procedure. You may need a capsule endoscopy to diagnose:

  • The source of gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Small bowel disorders
  • Intestinal cancer
  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn’s disease 
  • Polyps 

A capsule endoscopy is sometimes necessary after you’ve had imaging tests, such as an MRI, that are inconclusive. 

How does a capsule endoscopy work?

A capsule endoscopy at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates involves using a very tiny camera encapsulated in a pill-like device that you swallow. As soon as you swallow the capsule, it starts gathering images of your esophagus.  

These images are sent to a recorder that you wear around your waist. Your doctor attaches the recorder to wires that are linked to adhesive patches on your abdomen. As the capsule moves through your stomach and into your upper and lower digestive tracts, it continues to send pictures to the recorder.

The capsule endoscopy gathers detailed information to help your doctor diagnose your gastrointestinal disorder. Because you can go about your day after swallowing the capsule, which you shouldn’t feel, no downtime is necessary. 

What can I expect from a capsule endoscopy?

After swallowing the capsule, the physicians at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates generally recommend waiting a couple of hours to drink clear fluids. After about four hours, you can usually have a snack or light meal.

The capsule endoscopy is complete once you pass the capsule in your stool or after an eight-hour period, whichever happens first. If you see the capsule in your stool, you can flush it down the toilet.

Once you return the capsule recorder to Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates, your doctor evaluates the thousands of pictures to get to the root of your diagnosis. They have you come back to the office for a follow-up visit after several days to talk with you about your results. 

Book your capsule endoscopy evaluation at Palmadessa and Brodsky Gastroenterology Associates today. You can conveniently schedule through the website or over the phone.