PillCam Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy 

    Capsule endoscopy is a procedure designed to evaluate the small bowel for illnesses such as ulcers and bleeding that cannot be evaluated by standard endoscopy.  A camera capsule about the size of a vitamin pill is swallowed.  Many pictures are taken and recorded by a small computer devise worn about the body.  These are then downloaded to a master computer for evaluation.  It takes about 6-8 hours for the capsule to travel the length of the intestine and expelled in the stool.  

Patient Capsule Preparation:

1.  Two days before exam, stop all Iron supplements
2.  One day before the exam:
    a.  Stop all antacids (Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta),         Pepto-Bismol and Carafate; these coat the         camera lens.
    b.  Start clear liquids after lunch (no red, orange or         purple colors).  No solid foods till after the         exam.
    c.  Take all medications with a sip of water but         none 2 hours before the exam.
3.  Day of exam:
    a.  Wear upper garment of thin, natural fiber such         as a T-shirt that is long enough to reach at least to         hip level and will not ride up above the belt.
    b.  Arrive at the West entrance of Mercy Hospital         Ardmore one hour before the exam time.
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