The following departments are now located on the third floor at our West Des Moines clinic: Physical Therapy, Back Pain Clinic, Orthopaedics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Management. Please note — these specialties are only accessible by the Entrance 3 elevator/stairs located on the east side of the building.

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Endoscopy Center

Endoscopy Center

Video Capsule Endoscopy

Video capsule endoscopy is used to evaluate the middle portion of your gastrointestinal tract (duodenum, ileum and jejunum) and is useful in determining a source of bleeding, diagnosing ulcers or even detecting tumors. Capsule endoscopy is achieved by swallowing a pill-sized camera, (usually in the early morning). This pill has a light and camera to take pictures along your digestive tract as your body passes the capsule. You will also be asked to wear a recording device that stores the pictures as they are taken and will be downloaded at the end of your study (usually at the end of the day). Your physician will review these pictures and relay the findings to you. The capsule is expelled through your stool, similar to food after it’s digested.

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