Capsule Endoscopy Procedure Animation

PillCamSBPillCam SB is the most widely used tool for directly visualizing the small bowel to detect and monitor abnormalities. This procedure is the standard of care for small bowel evaluation, helping the Nacogdoches Gastroenterology team detect the presence of lesions and what may be the source of obscure G.I. bleeding, Crohn’s disease and iron deficiency anemia.
With PillCam SB, Dr. Jones can visualize the entire small bowel without putting patients through a lengthy, uncomfortable procedure or having them undergo sedation. Patients using this method of endoscopy simply swallow a vitamin-sized capsule.

What to expect from the PillCam SB procedure:
1. Patients typically begin fasting at midnight the day before the PillCam SB procedure.
2. The following morning when you arrive at Nacogdoches Gastroenterology, a nurse or technician will explain the procedure to you. The nurse or technician will then fit you with the PillCam sensor belt, a comfortable belt worn around your waist and over your clothing.  The PillCam recorder, a small portable recording device that communicates with the PillCam SB capsule as it passes through the small bowel, is attached to the sensor belt.
3. You will then be asked to swallow the vitamin-sized capsule with a glass of water and you will then be able to resume most daily activities.
4. You will be scheduled to return to Nacogdoches Gastroenterology with the sensor belt and the recorder.
5. Dr. Jones will then download images from the recorder to review.
6. PillCam SB passes naturally with a bowel movement, usually in 24 to 72 hours.