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Video Capsule Endoscopy

What is video vapsule endoscopy?

-A video capsule endoscopy is a painless procedure. It involves a pill that has a built in camera with a light source which takes thousands of photos allowing us to examine the lining of the small intestine, which cannot be reached with the upper endoscopy and colonoscopy. 

Who needs a video capsule endoscopy?

-The most common reason for performing a capsule endoscopy is to evaluate for a source of bleeding or a cause for anemia after an individual has had negative findings on upper endoscopy and colonoscopy. It is also useful for detecting polyps, ulcers, tumors and Crohn's disease.

What to expect on the day of you study?

-On the day of the procedure, you should be fasting from the moment you wake up and arrive to our office at 8a.m. The pill sized capsule is swallowed and passes naturally through the your digestive tract while transmitting images to a data recorder worn on your belt for approximately 12 hours. At the end of the day, you will return the data recorder so that images of your small bowel can be put on a computer screen for Dr. Aviles and Dr. Tenembaum could review. 

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