Capsule Endoscopy Specialist

Labeled by the Consumers’ Research Council of America as one of the top gastroenterologists in the country, Dr. Robert Webman is a key player in this industry. He is proud to offer cutting edge treatment options to the residents of Torrance, San Pedro and Inglewood, CA. Procedures like capsule endoscopy services offers you the most comfortable and effective ways to maintain your colon health.

Capsule Endoscopy Q & A

by Robert M. Webman, MD

What is Capsule Endoscopy?

Capsule endoscopy services offer a new approach to the old-school endoscopy. With this treatment option, you swallow a pill that contains a lens and light source. It records video as it travels through your digestive tract.

Why is that Video Helpful?

With the capsule endoscope, the doctors can examine you internally without a more invasive procedure. As the pill travels through your body, it shows the lining of your gastrointestinal tract, including the small intestine, which is difficult to assess. The pill works its way through the:

  • Duodenum
  • Jejunum
  • Ileum

The doctor is able to look for anomalies as the pill progresses toward the colon.

Why is a Capsule Endoscopy Necessary?

The capsule procedure gives the doctor a view of a part of the intestinal tract that cannot be seen any other way. This helps locate bleeding, polyps, ulcers and tumors in the small intestine. It aids in making a diagnosis of certain medical conditions, as well, such as inflammatory bowel disease.

What Happens During the Test?

Prior to the test, the staff will ask you to avoid eating or drinking anything for at least 12 hours. When you get to the office, they will apply a sensor to your abdomen and then give the capsule camera to swallow. The capsule will pass through your digestive tract, sending video as it travels.

Once the procedure starts, follow the instruction on eating and drinking. For example, it might be possible to have a light meal after about four hours. It is possible you can drink water in just two hours, but the doctor will give you guidelines to follow.

You wear a belt that receives the video transfer for the next eight hours. Be sure to keep it on, so all the images record.  At the competition of the endoscopic procedure, the data is transferred to a computer, so the doctor can review it. 

 

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept most PPO insurance plans.  Below is a short list of the plans we accept.  Please call our office with any questions.

Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Assurant Health
Beech Street
Guardian
Health Net
Humana
Medicaid
Medicare
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