Capsule Endoscopy in Turkey

Capsule Endoscopy: Unveiling Health from Within.

What is Capsule Endoscopy?

Capsule endoscopy is a non-invasive medical procedure used to visualize and diagnose conditions in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The procedure involves swallowing a tiny, pill-sized capsule equipped with a miniature camera, light source, and transmitter. As the capsule travels through the digestive system, it captures high-quality images of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and sometimes the colon. These images are transmitted to a recording device worn on a belt or harness, which the patient carries during the procedure. Once the capsule has passed through the entire GI tract, the recorded images are downloaded and analyzed by a healthcare professional.

Capsule endoscopy is especially useful for detecting small bowel disorders, such as obscure gastrointestinal bleeding, Crohn's disease, and small intestinal tumors. Its non-invasive nature makes it a valuable tool in diagnosing gastrointestinal conditions, providing doctors with crucial insights into the small intestine without the need for traditional endoscopy or surgery.

Why is Capsule Endoscopy Done?

Obscure Gastrointestinal Bleeding: To identify the source of bleeding in the small intestine when conventional diagnostic methods are inconclusive.

Crohn's Disease: To visualize and assess the extent of inflammation in the small bowel, helping with diagnosis and monitoring the disease.

Small Intestinal Tumors: To detect and evaluate tumors or growths in the small intestine.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): To diagnose and assess the extent of inflammation in the small intestine in cases of IBD, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

Celiac Disease: To investigate and assess the damage to the small intestine caused by the immune reaction to gluten in individuals with celiac disease.

Small Bowel Obstruction: To identify the location and cause of partial or complete blockages in the small intestine.

Polyps and Lesions: To detect and evaluate abnormalities like polyps, ulcers, and lesions in the small intestine.

Advantages of Capsule Endoscopy

  • One of the most significant advantages of capsule endoscopy is its non-invasive nature. Unlike conventional endoscopy, which requires inserting a flexible tube with a camera down the throat or through the rectum, capsule endoscopy involves simply swallowing a small pill-sized capsule. This reduces discomfort and eliminates the need for sedation or anesthesia during the procedure, making it more tolerable for patients.
  • Capsule endoscopy provides a comprehensive and detailed view of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, especially the small intestine, which is challenging to reach with conventional endoscopy. The capsule camera captures thousands of images as it travels through the digestive system, allowing healthcare professionals to examine the entire small bowel thoroughly.
  • Due to its ability to reach the small intestine, capsule endoscopy enhances the detection rate of various GI conditions, such as obscure gastrointestinal bleeding, Crohn's disease, small bowel tumors, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It helps diagnose conditions that might go undetected using other imaging techniques.
  • The non-invasive nature of capsule endoscopy makes it more comfortable for patients, resulting in better compliance. Since it does not require sedation or the insertion of a tube, patients are more likely to undergo the procedure willingly, leading to higher patient satisfaction.
  • Unlike X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans, capsule endoscopy does not involve any radiation exposure. This makes it a safer option, especially for patients who may need multiple examinations over time.
  • Capsule endoscopy provides high-quality images that help healthcare professionals accurately diagnose GI conditions. The detailed visualization enables better treatment planning, leading to more effective management of diseases like Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and small bowel tumors.
  • Capsule endoscopy is suitable for patients who may have difficulty undergoing conventional endoscopy, such as those with strictures, anatomical abnormalities, or past surgeries that make standard endoscopic procedures challenging or risky.

Capsule Endoscopy Cost in Turkey

Erdem Hospital offers high-level service under the most favorable conditions. With an online free consultation, the price is determined after the treatment recommended by our doctors. Our prices are offered in all-inclusive packages. All services mentioned below will be included in the price.

  • Free consultation
  • All accommodation in a 5-star hotel
  • Pre/post-operative testing
  • Cost for laboratory
  • Medication and Equipment
  • All round VIP transfer
  • 7/24 Support
  • Assistants speak English

Before Capsule Endoscopy

Your medical team will go over the process the day before your capsule endoscopy. To apply adhesive patches to your abdomen, you might be requested to take off your shirt. Each patch has an antenna connected to a recorder by wires. The patches are not necessary for all devices.

The recorder is worn around your waist on a specific belt. The antenna patches on your belly receive images from the camera and transmit them along with other data to the recorder.

During the Procedure

You take the camera capsule with water and drink it once the recorder is connected and ready. It is simpler to swallow when it has a slick coating. You shouldn't be able to feel anything after you consume it.

Then, you'll carry on with your day. You can drive, and depending on your profession, you might be able to travel to work. With you, your doctor will go through any limits, like refraining from physically demanding activities like running, etc.

After Capsule Endoscopy

After taking the capsule, wait two hours before resuming clear liquid consumption. Unless your doctor instructs you otherwise, you are allowed to eat a light lunch or a snack after four hours.

After eight hours or when you notice the camera capsule in the toilet following a bowel movement, whichever occurs first, the capsule endoscopy treatment is over. Put the recorder and patches in a bag, take them off your body, and then follow your doctor's instructions for returning the equipment.

Your body may remove the camera capsule after the surgery is complete in a matter of hours or days. The digestive system varies from person to person.

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Capsule Endoscopy in Turkey FAQ:

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The capsule camera captures thousands of images as it passes through the digestive system, providing a comprehensive view of the small intestine.

No, capsule endoscopy is generally not painful as the capsule is swallowed and moves through the digestive system naturally.

The procedure usually takes around 8 to 12 hours, during which the patient can go about their daily activities.

The procedure is generally safe, but there is a small risk of capsule retention or obstruction in the digestive tract.

Most people can undergo capsule endoscopy, but specific medical conditions or anatomical abnormalities may limit its use in some cases.

Capsule endoscopy is not specifically designed to examine the colon, so it may not detect polyps or cancers in the large intestine.

Capsule endoscopy is generally not recommended during pregnancy due to potential risks to the developing fetus.

The recorded images are downloaded from the recording device and analyzed by a healthcare professional, typically a gastroenterologist.

If the capsule gets stuck, medical interventions may be necessary to remove it, but this complication is relatively rare.