Capsule Endoscopy in South Africa

Capsule endoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that examines the gastrointestinal (GI) tract from the inside for any abnormalities, ulcers, and malignancies.. In this procedure, the patient is made to swallow a minute camera in a capsule-shaped encasement. As the capsule moves through the mouth, esophagus, stomach, and intestine, it takes the pictures of the entire GI tract. This procedure has become more popular as compared to traditional endoscopy, because it is a painless and minimally invasive procedure that does not require anesthesia. However, it is not commonly available everywhere.

Factors Affecting the Cost of Capsule Endoscopy

Capsule endoscopy cost may depend on several factors. Some of the common factors include the following: 

  • Choice of destination
  • The charges of the clinic or hospital where it is being performed
  • Expertise of the gastroenterologist
  • Day care charges (if required)
  • Follow-up costs to discuss the results from the data recorder

Apart from the factors listed above, it depends whether the procedure is being covered by your insurance or not. Sometimes, insurance companies only approve this procedure only when a normal endoscopy has been done. Therefore, capsule endoscopy cost )out-of-pocket expenses) may vary depending on insurance coverage and whether the patient has insurance or not.

Ideal Candidates for Capsule Endoscopy

Typically, a specialist suggests capsule endoscopy only when colonoscopy and endoscopy are not able to diagnose the actual condition. It can be used for the diagnosis of people suffering from unexplained abdominal pain and GI bleeding, and as a screening tool for obstructive bowel disorder (IBD), Celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, and tumors or polyps in the GI tract.

Capsule endoscopy is, however, contraindicated in people with a history of bowel obstruction and dysphagia (swallowing disorder), pregnant ladies and people with a pacemaker or any other cardiac device.

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About the Capsule Endoscopy

Video capsule endoscopy (VCE), popularly known as capsule endoscopy, is a specialized, non-invasive test to visualize the entire gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The GI tract starts from the mouth (oral cavity) and ends at the rectum through the esophagus, stomach, and the small and large intestine.

Capsule endoscopy is an advanced endoscopic technology that uses a swallowed camera-enabled capsule. This capsule takes the pictures of the GI tract from the inside until it is finally eliminated naturally from the body. As the capsule moves, the pictures are transmitted to a receiver, which is worn by the patient at waist level in the form of a belt. The process continues for 8 hours.

Capsule endoscopy may be used for the following reasons:

  • Unexplained abdominal pain or GI bleeding
  • As a screening tool for tumors, ulcers, and polyps
  • Diagnosis of celiac disease, Crohn’s disease or other inflammatory bowel conditions
  • After other imaging tests such as endoscopy, MRI or X-ray have failed to diagnose the condition

The rising popularity of capsule endoscopy can be attributed to the fact that it is not invasive and painful as compared to a GI endoscopy. Also, it helps provide detailed and comprehensive imaging of the entire GI tract.

How is Capsule Endoscopy performed?

Capsule endoscopy is an advanced endoscopic technology that uses a swallowed camera-enabled capsule. This capsule takes the pictures of the GI tract from the inside until it is finally eliminated naturally from the body. As the capsule moves, the pictures are transmitted to a receiver, which is worn by the patient at waist level in the form of a belt. The process continues for 8 hours.

Recovery from Capsule Endoscopy

Recovery after capsule endoscopy is painless and simple. Patients should wait for at least two hours before they start drinking clear fluids after swallowing the capsule. A light snack or meal is allowed four hours after the capsule is taken.

The capsule eliminates by itself within 8 hours of ingestion. In some cases, it may be eliminated in the stool before that. The specialist can process the images from the received ties to the abdomen after 8 hours of before, depending on when the capsule is eliminated.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of South Africa / Why should opt for South Africa as a destination for your medical treatment?
Like most countries, hospitals in South Africa are based upon public and private healthcare systems. There are three main levels of healthcare based upon the payment method of the patient.
  • The full paying patients are those who usually prefer to be treated by a doctor working in the private sector. They can also be funded by an external source. Many non-South African citizens also prefer this treatment service.
  • Fully subsidized patients are those who have been referred from a Primary Healthcare Service Hospital.
  • Partially subsidized patients are patients whose costs are subsidized based on the amount of their income.
The public healthcare system has three main centers for health under its wing:
  • Clinics - These are run by trained professionals and nurses. They can serve as the first point of contact for a patient.
  • Community Healthcare Centre - This is a bigger setup, complete with full-fledged services and doctors and nurses.
  • Hospital - A patient usually gets here after a referral from a clinic or community health center. One can also go in for emergencies. A hospital provides various services like performing surgery and treating chronic illnesses.
Hospitals in South Africa are gearing up to tackle major illnesses and to provide better treatment options. The South African government is also working to introduce policies and towards accommodating more patients from all across the world. It is a great country to find affordable treatment options.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in South Africa? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals
The Joint Commission International (JCI) accredits and certifies most health care organizations and programs all around the world. Joint Commission International Accreditation and Certification is recognized as the global leader for health care quality of care and patient safety.
Are the doctors/surgeons in South Africa of the best quality?
Doctors associated with Medigence are of the best quality. We hope to give our patients a pleasant experience and the best doctors we can find. Since South Africa has a lot of requirements in the field of healthcare, the country attracts doctors from all over the world to contribute their services. This can help to ensure that even you receive the best quality of doctors.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in South Africa?
One can apply for a visa to South Africa for a period of 90 days. The High Commission of India can then help one decide for how long a visa can be extended. This usually differs from person to person. The Medical Visa allows a person to stay for a maximum of six months with a valid visa. After this, one can go to the FRO office ( Foreigner’s Registration Office ) or FRRO (Foreigner's Regional Registration Office) and request for an extension. Do note that the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the High Commission of India and not on the date of departure. Applications for visas will not be accepted more than 30 days prior to departure.
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Which are the best cities in South Africa for medical treatment?
While many cities are striving to create some of the best hospitals in South Africa, Durban, Lenasia, and Cape Town already have some very good hospitals for treatment in South Africa. Located in Durban, Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre is a reasonable and affordable hospital in South Africa. Life Kingsbury Hospital in Capetown provides a holistic healing environment for patients. One can also opt for the Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital in Lenasia. This hospital has been running for nearly 30 years now and various medical facilities can be availed from here.

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