Capsule Endoscopy in South Korea

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 Korea / Why should opt for South Korea as a destination for your medical treatment?
South Korea is recognized for its strict rules and regulations which have kept the country in strict discipline. As an upside, the country has well-maintained regulations for every process and impressive medical healthcare facilities which have garnered thousands of visitors from across the world. The reason for opting for hospitals in South Korea is the astounding treatment options available at a very cost-effective price range, which is undoubtedly more affordable than most of the developed countries across the world. Besides the well-planned infrastructure, the treatment in South Korea and the alternatives offered are tempting enough. Apart from that, the country also flaunts high success rates and has thus been able to cure some of the most complex diseases in the world.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in South Korea? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The Joint Commission International (JCI) is a global leader in health care accreditation. JCI accreditation is considered a gold standard in worldwide health care. It provides the most skilled and experienced healthcare professionals in the medical industry, as evaluators of the rigorous international standards in healthcare quality and patient safety. YUHS Severance Hospital + Gangnam Severance Hospital is a JCI certified hospital in South Korea.
Are the doctors/surgeons in South Korea of the best quality?
The doctors and surgeons providing treatments in South Korea are globally recognized for their service in the medical field. Furnished with degrees from reputed universities and decades of training and experience, the doctors have earned high success rates throughout their professional careers. The doctors have to undergo rigorous training to keep up with the strict protocol and measures of hospitals in South Korea. Hence, quality is maintained.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in South Korea?
The Korean embassy follows a strict protocol for obtaining a visa for traveling to the country. The necessary documents (photocopies and original) have been listed on their official website and should be strictly adhered to. The candidate also has to produce necessary papers stating the medical cause and referral certificate signed by the registered medical practitioner. Although these need to be taken care of by the candidate, the rest of the procedures and further visa assistance is managed by the sponsors in most cases. A Medical Dependent Visa is granted to those who are accompanying a patient traveling to Sount Korea for medical treatment on a Medical Visa. This visa can be given to a close relative/family member or a friend of the patient. Please note that relevant letters/documents explaining details of the treatment, signed and stamped by the concerned hospitals/doctors, a declaration from the patient or an immediate family member is also required confirming the escort travel along with the patient.
What support services does MediGence provide in South Korea?
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Which are the best cities in South Korea for medical treatment?
Treatment in South Korea is affordable. Seoul is the capital of South Korea and one of the main cities for healthcare. Seoul and Daegu have some of the best hospitals in South Korea. Busan, Incheon, and Ulsan also have developing healthcare facilities.

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