Preparing for a Capsule Endoscopy Procedure

Prepare for the Capsule Endoscopy Procedure

An empty stomach allows for the best and safest examination. The day before your capsule, you may have breakfast and noon lunch. From noon until 10:00PM, clear liquids only, nothing with red or purple coloring. Clear liquids include: coffee or tea without dairy/non-dairy creamers; all carbonated beverages, Gatorade , juices such as apple, orange juice without pulp, white grape juice, broths, jello, popsicles and Italian ice. You may have gum and hard candies. It is best to avoid alcoholic beverages as these are dehydrating liquids. If you need to take AM medication, take those 2-3 hours before your capsule with only sips of water.

Does my insurance cover capsule endoscopy?

If have an insurance company other than Medicare you will need to call your insurance company and ask if your particular insurance plan provides benefits for a capsule endoscopy. If your customer service representative asks for the capsule procedure code, it is 91110.

Instructions during the Capsule Endoscopy

This sheet contains information about what to expect for the eight hours after swallowing a capsule. Please call our office if you have severe or persistent abdominal or chest pain, fever, difficulty swallowing or if you have any questions. Our phone number is 508 485 0801.

  • You may drink clear liquids 2 hours after swallowing the capsule. You may eat a light meal 4 hours after swallowing the capsule. You may also take your medications at this time.
  • 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.
  • Avoid going near MRI machines and radio transmitters. You may use a computer, radio, stereo, or cell phone.
  • Do not stand directly next to another patient undergoing capsule endoscopy.
  • Try not to touch the recorder or the sensor array leads. Do not remove the sensor array leads.
  • Avoid getting the data recorder or sensor array leads wet.
  • Observe the LED light on the data recorder at least every 30 minutes. If the light stops blinking, document the time and call the office.
  • You will return to the office the same day between 4:30-5:00 to have the equipment removed.

Instructions after having a Capsule Endoscopy

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. Our phone number is: 508 485 0801

  • PAIN: Pain is uncommon following capsule endoscopy. Should you feel sharp or persistent pain, please call our office.
  • NAUSEA: Nausea is uncommon though should it occur, please notify the office.
  • DIET: You may eat and drink. There are no dietary restrictions.
  • MEDICATIONS: You may resume all medications immediately. Do not make up for doses you have missed, just begin your normal dosage.
  • FURTHER TESTING: Until the capsule passes, further testing which includes any type of MRI should be avoided. If you have an MRI exam scheduled within the next three days, the MRI exam should be postponed.
  • 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.

Any you  have any further questions regarding your capsule endoscopy, please call the office to speak with Dottie.  The office requires 48 hour notice if you are unable to keep your appointment.