What are the disadvantages and risks?
The PillCam COLON procedure has some risks. Please discuss these risks with your doctor, who can determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the PillCam COLON procedure.
- PillCam COLON capsule cannot remove polyps if any are detected. Colonoscopy may later be recommended to remove and treat the findings from a PillCam COLON procedure. For the majority of patients, it is unlikely that there will be findings requiring a follow-up colonoscopy, but a second round of bowel preparation would be necessary if a follow-up colonoscopy is recommended by your physician
- Both colonoscopy and PillCam COLON procedures require bowel preparation, but the PillCam COLON procedure requires up to 3 cups more of bowel preparation solution than colonoscopy requires
Procedure Risk Information
- The risks of PillCam capsule endoscopy include capsule retention, aspiration and skin irritation
- The risks associated with colon preparation are as follows: allergies or other known contraindication to any preparation agents or medications used for the PillCam COLON regimen, according to laxative medication labeling and per physician discretion
- Medical, endoscopic or surgical intervention may be necessary to address any of these complications, should they occur
- After ingesting the PillCam COLON capsule and until it is excreted, the patient should not be near any source of powerful electromagnetic fields such as one created near an MRI device
Indications for Use
- PillCam COLON is intended for visualization of the colon mucosa
Contraindications for PillCam COLON include:
- Patients with known or suspected GI obstruction, strictures or fistulas based on the clinical picture or pre-procedure testing and profile
- Patients with cardiac pacemakers or other implanted electro-medical devices
- Patients with swallowing disorders