Capsule Endoscopy Specialist

Capsule Endoscopy services offered in Tavares, The Villages and Orlando, FL

Capsule endoscopy is a noninvasive way to detect and monitor problems in your small intestine and other parts of your digestive tract. At Gastrointestinal Consultants in Tavares, Orlando, and The Villages, Florida, the experienced team of specialists, led by Lalbahadur Nagabhairu, MD, and Shams Tabrez, MD, uses the most advanced capsule endoscopy systems to make your diagnostic process easy. Book your appointment online or call the office to schedule your capsule endoscopy now.

What is a capsule endoscopy?

A capsule endoscopy is a method of diagnosing and monitoring problems in your digestive tract, particularly the small intestine. In a capsule endoscopy, you swallow a pill-sized capsule. 

The tiny capsule contains a miniature camera, which captures a series of images in two-second intervals as it travels through your digestive tract. Adhesive sensors attached to your abdomen transmit the images to a data recorder that you wear around your belt. 

A capsule endoscopy ultimately gathers around 50,000 images for a highly detailed view of your digestive system.

What conditions does capsule endoscopy diagnose?

A capsule endoscopy can help the Gastrointestinal Consultants team to diagnose many problems that affect the digestive tract, including: 

  • Unexplained small intestine bleeding
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Small intestine tumors
  • Esophageal cancers
  • Esophageal varices — enlarged veins
  • Polyps
  • Ulcers
  • Chronic acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Capsule endoscopy is also an effective way to monitor problems to make sure they’re not progressing. 

How does a capsule endoscopy work?

The capsule endoscopy process is very simple because there’s no anesthesia or sedation. You start by fasting for around 10 hours. Be sure to wear loose-fitting clothing to make room for the sensors and data recorder. 

You then take the capsule with a sip of water at the Gastrointestinal Consultants office, and you can go about your day as usual.

After eight hours, you return to the office so the team can obtain your data recorder, remove your sensors, and examine the images. You can return to your regular activities right away. The capsule passes in your stool, usually within a day. You can flush the capsule. 

What happens after I get my capsule endoscopy results?

You visit the Gastrointestinal Consultants team to learn your results and what they mean. In some cases, the team may need to take a small tissue sample from a suspicious-looking area to confirm a diagnosis. So you may need to have another procedure, like an upper endoscopy, to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. 

The Gastrointestinal Consultants team brings you the very best in advanced technology, including the best capsule endoscopy equipment available today. To schedule your capsule endoscopy, call the office or use the online booking feature now.