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Posts for: February, 2015
Discover the cause of your gastrointestinal symptoms with this non-invasive endoscopic procedure.
Are you dealing with unexplained abdominal issues? Maybe you are experiencing stomach pains or nausea and you’re ready to get to the bottom of this. If you’ve already visited your Bala Cynwd, PA gastroenterologist about your symptoms than a wireless capsule endoscopy may have been discussed. Find out more about what a wireless capsule endoscopy entails and whether it’s right for you.
What is a wireless capsule endoscopy?
This FDA-approved non-invasive procedure allows your doctor to look at and study the middle portion (also known as the small intestines) of your gastrointestinal tract. A pill-shaped capsule that contains a camera will be swallowed and used to take photos of the inside of your digestive tract to pinpoint problems and diagnose conditions that could be causing your GI symptoms. A sensor will also be placed on your stomach to record all the images the capsule captures.
Why does my Bala Cynwd, PA gastroenterologist recommend a capsule endoscopy?
If you are dealing with symptoms that could be indicative of problems in the small intestines, your gastroenterologist may advise that you have a capsule endoscopy performed. Since this portion of the tract cannot be viewed through other traditional measures like a colonoscopy, this is often the best way to diagnose your condition.
What will a wireless capsule endoscopy be able to detect?
The most common reason we may recommend this type of endoscopy is to detect bleeding within the small intestines; however, it can also pick up on ulcers, tumors, polyps and even signs of Crohn’s disease in the small intestines.
How do I prepare for a wireless capsule endoscopy?
This procedure will be performed on an empty stomach, so you will refrain from eating for about 12 hours before the endoscopy. Your Bala Cynwd, PA gastroenterologist will give you more details about when to stop eating before your procedure.
You should also talk to your doctor about any medications you are currently taking, as you may need to stop taking these medications prior to your treatment. Be sure to discuss your entire medical history during your consultation to prevent complications.
If you have any questions about an upcoming capsule endoscopy or if you are experiencing abdominal problems, then it’s time to call Dr. Geoffrey Braden, your Bala Cynwd, PA gastroenterologist, for care.
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