Capsule Endoscopy Instructions
Capsule Endoscopy involves ingesting a small
(the size of a large vitamin pill) imaging capsule which will
pass naturally through your digestive system while taking
pictures of the intestine. The images are transmitted to a
sensor that is placed around your abdomen and worn for 8 hours.
The capsule will be excreted naturally in your bowel movement.
In the rare case that it will not excrete naturally, it will
need to be removed endoscopically or surgically. Please follow
the following instructions:
One week before the procedure:
- Stop iron preparations such as iron sulate, iron
- Stop taking vitamin pills
- Stop taking fiber
supplements such as Metamucil, Citrucel, Fibercon.
One day before the procedure:
- After lunch on the day before the procedure,
start a liquid diet which could consist of the following:
Clear soup, broth, jello (no red or purple),
popsicles, Gatorade, white grape juice.
- Drink one (1) quart of Miralax laxative the night before
- Do not eat or drink after l0 p.m. on the day before the
- Abstain from smoking 24 hour prior to undergoing the
- Male patients need to shave their abdomen six inches
above and below the navel on the day of the Capsule
The day of the procedure:
- Arrive in the GI Clinic at 8 a.m.
- After ingesting the capsule do not eat or drink for at
least two hours. After four hours you may have a light
- Contact the office at 860-679-3238 immediately if you
suffer from any abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting.
- Do not go near any source of powerful electromagnetic
fields such as one created near an MRI device or amateur
- Keep track of your activities on the Capsule Endoscopy
- Every 15 minutes, verify that the small light on top of
the Data Recorder is blinking twice per second. If it stops
blinking record the time that it stopped and call the office
- Avoid any strenuous activities and do not bend over or
stoop while wearing the monitor.
- Come back to the GI Clinic at 4 p.m. to have the monitor