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In the past, it was difficult to view the small bowel properly due to its size and structure. The capsule endoscopy is a relatively new procedure, which enables doctors to investigate the small bowel.

The capsule endoscopy is used to detect gastrointestinal bleeding, diagnose Crohn’s and Coeliac disease and evaluate prolonged cases of diarrhoea. 

It is also possible to use it to screen for polyps (protrusions from the lining of the colon, which may be an early sign of bowel cancer) and detect ulcers.

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The Procedure

Before the procedure, you will be asked by Dr Bansi not to eat anything. When you arrive at the hospital, you will be given a capsule to swallow, which consists of a light source, camera and wireless circuit. Leads are attached to the wall of the abdomen and then connected to a data recorder on a waist belt. Images are then transmitted to the recorder as the capsule moves through the intestines. You’ll wear the waist belt at home for a few days while the recorder captures the necessary information.


After the procedure, you will be allowed to go home. Your test results will be available after around eight hours. The capsule is passed naturally in the stool.

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From well-equipped and convenient locations across West and central London, Devinder and his expert team provide unparalleled quality of care for the full range of GIT-related conditions.