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Capsule Endoscopy


 

THINGS TO AVOID BEFORE YOUR CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY:

 

♦ IRON PILL, ANTACID AND CARAFATE FOR 3 DAYS PRIOR TO TEST

 

♦ SMOKING 24 HOURS PRIOR TO TEST

 

DAY BEFORE THE TEST

 

Eat a CLEAR LIQUID DIET ALL DAY. You may ONLY have:

 

♦ Clear broth (no noodles)

 

♦ Plain Jello (no red or purple)

 

♦ Tea or coffee (no milk or cream)

 

♦ Clear pop like Sprite, 7-UP and ginger ale, or drink apple juice

 

♦ NO SOLID FOOD (BE SURE TO DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS (NOTHING COLORED RED OR PURPLE)

 

♦ If you are a diabetic, please ask us about taking your medication.

 

♦ At 6:00 p.m., mix three 17 gram packages of Glycolax/Miralax (sold over the counter) in 12 ounces of liquid.

 

♦ DO NOT EAT or DRINK ANYTHING (INCLUDING WATER) after 10 p.m. except for necessary medications with a small sip of water.

 

♦ Male patients need to shave their abdomen 6 inches above and below the navel (belly button).  This enable the sensors to adhere to the skin.

 

DAY OF THE TEST

 

♦ Do not take any medication 2 hours before the test.

 

♦ Arrive at the office at scheduled time, wear loose fitting, two piece clothing.  Please no dresses.

 

AFTER INGESTING THE CAPSULE

 

♦ After ingesting the capsule, do not eat or drink for 2 hours.  You may have a small snack after four hours.  You may resume a normal diet at teh conclustion of the test.

 

♦ Avoid any powerful; electromagnetic fields, such as MRI machines, until you have passed the capsule.

 

♦ Capsule Endoscopy lasts approximately 8 hours.  Please DO NOT manipulate the equipment in any way.  Please also avoid any sudden movement or banging of the data recorder.

 

♦ Please also try to verify every 15 minutes that the red light at the top of the data recorder is blinking twice a second.  This ensures the machine is working.  Contact us immediately if it stops.

 

♦ Record the time and nature of any event such as eating, drinking, activity other than normal daily activity, or any strenuous activity.

 

♦ It is recommended that you walk throughout the day.  Increase in activity helps to increase motility of the intestines and pass the capsule through more quickly.  However, avoid any strenuous activity that may cause you to sweat.

 

AFTER FINISHING CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY

 

♦ After 8 hours, you will return to the office where the equipment was placed earlier in the morning.  At this time, the office staff will remove the equipment.  Please DO NOT attempt to remove the equipment on your own.

 

♦ You can now resume all activities and regular eating habits.