Capsule endoscopy involves swallowing a pill with a digital camera (called Endo Capsule) through your mouth and into your upper digestive tract. This will allow physicians to view and examine your small intestines.
In most cases, the capsule is easily swallowed, travels painlessly through the digestive tract, and is naturally passed from the body with a bowel movement.
This is a non-invasive diagnostic test that provides and improves levels of visual imaging for early detection and diagnosis of gastrointestinal tract diseases and may identify a cause for symptoms that may not be obtained by x-ray or other diagnostic means. The procedure is generally very safe and is well tolerated.
- The day before your procedure eat a normal breakfast until 8:00 AM.
- After 8:00 AM, You may have clear liquids (Apple juice, white grape juice, coffee & tea without cream, clear sodas, beef vegetable or chicken broth, Jell-O, popsicles (Nothing red or purple)
- At 6:00 PM, pour one bottle of Suprep into a 16OZ container. Fill the remainder with cold water. After drinking the container, you will then need to drink an additional 32OZ of water.
- At 4:00 AM, pour the second bottle of Suprep into a 16OZ container and fill the remainder with cold water, drink all of this. Follow this with an additional 32OZ of water. You must have finished this by 6:00 AM. Absolutely nothing to eat or drink after 6:00 AM.
- You may take your morning blood pressure, heart, or seizure medication at 5:00 AM or 2 hours after your test
Harford GI patients who need hospital based care are scheduled for procedures at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.
Patients not requiring hospital based care are scheduled for procedures at our sister practice, the Harford Endoscopy Center, an AMSURG-affiliated ambulatory surgery center for colonoscopy and EGD procedures on an outpatient basis.