Considering how important your colon is to you on a day-to-day basis, it’s smart to be well informed about it. Also known as the large intestine, your colon is an approximately 1.8 meters or six-foot long muscular tube at the end of your digestive tract that connects your small intestine to your rectum. It’s responsible for processing waste, including removing water, so that emptying your bowels is easy and convenient.
When your colon is not functioning properly, you may exhibit symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, or bleeding. The cause might be something simple or possibly a more serious concern. Tests that allow a doctor to directly visualize the inside of the entire colon, such as PillCam COLON, can be a tremendous aid in assessing these problems and others. Click here
to learn more about the colon exams that are available and how they compare.
PillCam COLON is the only minimally invasive tool that gives your doctor a direct view of the inside of your colon. As a form of capsule endoscopy, it uses a miniaturized camera, which is contained in an easy-to-swallow and disposable capsule. This video capsule allows your doctor to see your entire colon and assess its health—including identifying the occurrence of polyps.
Because it does not require sedation, air inserted in the colon, or radiation, PillCam COLON offers you a more convenient and less risky procedure than other invasive colon exams with highly accurate* results from a minimally invasive test.
For the majority of patients, doctors recommend a colonoscopy, but for some patients, an invasive colon exam can be risky (see a partial list of risk factors below). About half of these people today receive a colon exam other than colonoscopy. For others, it’s the cause of anxiety or even fear. And for many people, invasive colon tests requiring sedation are time-consuming and inconvenient.
PillCam COLON is complementary to colonoscopy and may offer a safer alternative for those with:
- Severe pulmonary or cardiac disease
- Use of blood thinning medication such as warfarin or clopidogrel
- Morbid obesity
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Liver disease or cirrhosis
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
- Prior incomplete colonoscopy
- Allergic reaction to sedation
For these people, and many others, PillCam COLON is complementary to colonoscopy and offers an optimal balance of lower risk in a highly accurate* minimally invasive procedure. It could be the alternative that you and your doctor have been searching for.
Hear from Maria about her experience with PillCam COLON