Dr Kenneth Koo

VCE Specialist In Singapore With 20 Years Experience

  • Video Capsule Endoscopy (VCE) is a safe, accurate and non-invasive tool for the examination of the small intestine.

Dr Kenneth Koo has extensive experience in treating various Gastrointestinal and Liver conditions in adults, with extensive training in VCE.

What Is VCE?

Video Capsule Endoscopy (VCE) comprises a capsule about 1 cm x 2.5 cm in size, which contains a camera within. The capsule is swallowed and as it travels through the small intestines, the camera captures images and sends it wirelessly to a recorder for storage. These images can then be downloaded for viewing. The capsule will pass out of the body spontaneously during bowel movements. Generally, there is no need to retrieve the capsule.

What Are the Indications for VCE?

A gastroenterologist may recommend VCE if you have the following symptoms:

  • Chronic diarrhoea
  • Unexplained gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Malabsorption
  • Persistent abdominal pain
  • If your CT scan or MRI report shows abnormalities in the small intestines such as inflammation, swelling or growths
About our Gastroenterologist

Dr Kenneth Koo

Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist

Gleneagles Medical Centre

  • MBBS
  • M Med (Int Med)
  • MRCP (UK)
  • FRCP (Edin)

Dr Kenneth Koo is an experienced gastroenterologist with more than 20 years’ experience and is well trained in managing all types of digestive and liver conditions.

Prior to joining private practise, Dr Kenneth Koo was Director of Gastroenterology and Senior consultant at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. An integral member of the team which transitioned from Alexander Hospital to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital in 2015, he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the gastroenterology division including the growth, development and governance.

Dedication to his patients and clinical practise can be seen from several service quality awards obtained over the years.

VCE Procedure: Before, During & After

One day before the test

Consume a low fibre diet the day before the test. You will be fasting from 12 midnight, however small amounts of clear liquids can still be taken up to 2 hours before the procedure. You may be given laxatives at night to cleanse the intestines.

On the day of the test

You can only consume clear fluids up to 2 hours before the test. Do check with the doctor whether to continue your regular medications on the day of procedure. At the endoscopy unit, you will be given a belt to wear which contains the recorder unit. You will then be instructed to swallow the video capsule with some water. Do not remove the belt until you come to return the recorder at the endoscopy unit.

After the procedure

After you have swallowed the capsule, you cannot eat or drink for the first two hours. You can start taking small amounts of clear fluids after 2 hours. 4 hours after swallowing the capsule, you can have a light snack. 8 hours after swallowing, you can take your normal meal. You will have to return the recording unit to the endoscopy unit as instructed. Do not schedule any MRI scans for the next 5 days or until the capsule passes out of the body.

Your capsule will generally be passed out in the next few days in your stool.

Make An Enquiry

Dr Koo strives to provide accurate diagnosis & effective treatments for each patient. Our team will guide you through the treatment & recovery process, ensuring you get the highest level of care & service.

Why Do Patients Choose
The GI & Liver Center

  • Previous Director of Gastroenterology & Senior consultant at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
  • More Than 20 Years’ Experience
  • Accurate Diagnosis Through Comprehensive Screening Tools
  • Accepting Patients With & Without Insurance
  • Transparent & Honest Charges

Schedule An Appointment With Our Clinic

Dr Koo is a highly-experienced gastroenterologist with extensive training in VCE & other types of advanced endoscopic procedures. Schedule a consultation with Dr Koo today.

What Are the Possible Risks of VCE?

VCE is a generally safe procedure. However, complications can include :

  • Retention of the capsule in the small intestines. This can occur in about 2% of cases. If it does happen, the capsule may need to be retrieved by small bowel endoscopy or surgery.
  • Incomplete tests may occur if the belt is removed from the body or if the passage of the capsule through the small intestine is very prolonged which results in the battery running out.
Billing & Insurance

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We accept a range of policies that covers individual health insurance as well as corporate insurance plans. We have partnered with many insurance companies such as Aviva, IHP, Great Eastern, and more!

Our Clinic

Feel free to drop by at our clinic at 6 Napier Road #06-16, Gleneagles Medical Center, Singapore 258499

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    The GI & Liver Center

    6 Napier Road #06-16
    Gleneagles Medical Center
    Singapore 258499


    Mon-Fri: 9am – 12.30pm and 2pm - 5pm
    Sat: 8.30am – 12.30pm
    Sun & PH: Closed