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What Should Be Paid Attention to in Capsule Endoscopy?

12 September 2023

Since the small intestine is the part with the least incidence of lesions in the digestive tract, capsule endoscopy is often performed after completing gastrointestinal endoscopy. Capsule endoscopy can be performed immediately after the completion of ordinary colonoscopy. Capsule endoscopy will be performed after the effect of anesthesia disappears (about half an hour). Capsule endoscopy can only be performed after the patient is awake and able to drink water naturally (about 2 hours) after painless gastrointestinal endoscopy.

1. Capsule endoscopy requires a higher elimination rate of intestinal bubbles, so it is required to take 10-15 ml of simethicone before the examination.

2. After swallowing the capsule for endoscopy, in order to ensure that the capsule enters the small intestine as soon as possible and reduce the time the capsule stays in the stomach, the examiner can walk more to speed up gastrointestinal motility, or take a rest in the right lateral position.

3. After confirming that the capsule endoscope enters the small intestine, the examiner can move freely, but it is recommended to rest mainly; about two and a half hours after entering the small intestine, the examiner can eat, and it is recommended to eat a liquid diet or follow the doctor's requirements. During the examination Do not eat brightly colored foods, as substances such as pigments may affect the inspection.

4. Please do not get dirty or wet the external signal receiver during capsule endoscopy, and please do not perform any operations on the signal receiver by yourself.

5. During the capsule endoscopy, the examiner can observe the power status of the signal receiver. When all four power lights are on, it proves that the power is sufficient. If only one power light is flashing, it proves that the power is insufficient. Please Contact your doctor to get a charging cable for charging.

6. Please do not get close to high magnetic field or high voltage environment during the inspection, so as not to affect the working state of the capsule endoscope.

7. When the capsule endoscope enters the large intestine, the inspection can be declared completed. After the capsule enters the large intestine, it will not stay in the body for a long time (unless the large intestine has narrow lesions). When it will be excreted is mainly based on the peristalsis of the examiner's large intestine. Most examiners can expel the capsule within two or three days. Capsule endoscopy is a disposable medical device, and there is no recycling requirement, but if possible, please recycle it as an electronic waste product to protect the environment and recycle resources.