Video Capsule Endoscopy Prep

Video Capsule Endoscopy Prep

Please read all instructions at least 7 days before your procedure.

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ONE WEEK PRIOR TO PROCEDURE:

  1. Stop iron

ONE DAY PRIOR TO PROCEDURE:

  1. A light meal no later than 11:30 am.
  2. Clear liquid diet the rest of the day.
  3. Nothing to eat or drink after 8:15 pm.

DAY OF THE PROCEDURE:

  1. Routine medications need to be discontinued 2 hours prior to procedure.
  2. Wear 100% cotton under garment (t-shirt or tank top) to place equipment over.
  3. Patient may drive to and from the procedure.

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PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS – DURING CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY

  1. You have just swallowed a capsule endoscopy. This sheet contains information about what to expect over the next 8 hours. Please call our office if you have severe or persistent abdominal or chest pain, fever, difficulty swallowing or if you have any questions.
  2. Two hours after swallowing the capsule, you may have clear liquids (water, apple juice). You may eat a light meal 4 hours after swallowing the capsule. You may also take your medications at this time.
  3. Do not exercise. Avoid heavy lifting. You may walk, sit, and lay down. You can drive a car. You may return to work, if your work allows avoiding unsuitable environments and/or physical movements.
  4. Avoid going near MRI machines and radio transmitters. You may use a computer, radio, stereo or cell phone.
  5. Do not stand directly next to another patient undergoing capsule endoscopy.
  6. Try not to touch the recorder or the sensor array leads. Do not remove the sensor array leads.
  7. Avoid getting the data recorder or sensor array leads wet.
  8. You may loosen the belt to allow yourself to go to the bathroom. Do not take the belt off.
  9. Observe the LED light on the data recorder at least every 15 minutes. If the light stops blinking, document the time and call our office.
  10. Return to the office at 4:30 pm to have the equipment removed.

POST CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY – PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS

You have just had a capsule endoscopy. This sheet contains information about what to expect over the next two days. Please call our office if you have severe or persistent abdominal or chest pain, fever, difficulty swallowing or if you have any questions.

  1. Pain: Pain is uncommon following capsule endoscopy. Should you feel sharp or persistent pain, please call our office.
  2. Nausea: Nausea is also very uncommon and should it occur, please notify the office.
  3. Diet: You may resume your regular diet. There are not dietary restrictions.
  4. Activities: Following the exam, you may resume normal activities, including exercise.
  5. Medications: You may resume all medications immediately. Do not make up for doses you have missed, just begin your normal dosage.
  6. Further Testing: Until the capsule passes, further testing, which includes any type of MRI, should be avoided. If you have an MRI examination scheduled within the next 3 days, the MRI examination should be postponed.
  7. The Capsule: The capsule passes naturally in a bowel movement, typically in about 24 hours. Most likely, you will be unaware of its passage. It does not need to be retrieved and can safely be flushed down the toilet. Occasionally, the capsule lights will still be flashing when it passes. Should you be concerned that the capsule did not pass, in the absence of symptoms, an abdominal x-ray can be obtained after 3 days to confirm its passage.

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Kalamazoo, MI 49048
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Battle Creek, MI 49015
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Kalamazoo, MI 49009
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