What is this review?
It is a non-invasive exploration method that allows a first level of exploration of the digestive system, namely the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and colon. If a lesion is detected, the use of conventional endoscopy, under general anesthesia, is necessary.
How does this exam take place?
It's very simple: the patient swallows the video-capsule, like a tablet, with a glass of water. It is essential that the patient is fasting and that he has first taken a preparation to clean the intestine. The path of the video-capsule through the digestive system, perfectly painless, allows the practitioner to visualize on his computer the images that it transmits. Indeed, sensors placed on the skin of the patient and connected to a small housing receive the images which are then transferred to a computer.
How do you evacuate the video-capsule?
By natural routes, in 24 or 48 hours, depending on the transit of the patient.
What are the particularities of a video-capsule?
The video capsule, which can only be used once, makes it possible to explore areas of the small intestine that have hitherto been very difficult to reach without any risk of infection. Its system is perfectly secure thanks to the indestructible plastic materials that contain the technical elements of the capsule, namely, the optical system, the electronic chip, the batteries
Is there a risk that the video capsule will get stuck in the digestive system?
The risk is extremely minimal, but it can not be discounted. If necessary, it is necessary to use an endoscopy to recover it.