How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

To prepare for capsule endoscopy, your doctor may ask that you:

  • Restrict your diet. You probably will be asked to have only clear liquids for 24 hours before the procedure and nothing by mouth the morning of the procedure, to help ensure that the camera captures clear images of your digestive tract.
  • Stop or delay taking certain medications, to prevent them from interfering with the camera.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting after the procedure. You'll be able to do most normal activities after swallowing the capsule that contains the camera. But if you have an active job, ask your doctor whether you can go back to work on the day of your capsule endoscopy.

Failure to follow your doctor's instructions may mean having to reschedule your capsule endoscopy procedure.

Sept. 27, 2012