Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

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A Gentle Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment

A flexible sigmoidoscopy involves the gentle insertion of a thin, flexible tube, known as a sigmoidoscope, into the rectum. Equipped with a miniature video camera at its tip, the sigmoidoscope provides a detailed view of the lower segment of your colon or large intestine.

It is a quick, safe, and efficient way to diagnose and treat unpleasant bowel conditions.

a doctor holding a tool used for flexible sigmoidoscopy

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Why Would You Need A Flexible Sigmoidoscopy?

Beyond symptom assessment, a flexible sigmoidoscopy is a versatile diagnostic tool that may be utilized to collect tissue samples (biopsies), remove polyps, address hemorrhoids, or screen for both colon and rectal cancer.

A sigmoidoscopy may be recommended to investigate the cause of a range of symptoms, including:

How to Prep

For Your Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

  1. We will provide you with specific instructions before your exam.
  2. We will provide you with steps to ensure your colon is empty during the exam. You may be asked to follow a specific diet the day before and take a laxative.
  3. Prior to your procedure, we will discuss your medications, particularly if you have diabetes or take iron-containing supplements or blood thinners. Adjustments to dosages or temporary cessation may be necessary.
  4. Our staff is happy to assist you with any concerns or questions.

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What to Expect

The Day of Your Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

  1. When you arrive, we will make sure you feel comfortable and respected.
  2. During your flexible sigmoidoscopy, you will start by lying on your left side with your knees drawn toward your abdomen. Your doctor will gently insert the sigmoidoscope, which has a light and a tube for introducing air into the colon, enhancing visibility. The scope sends images to a monitor for diagnostics. Tissue samples can be taken if needed.
  3. Sedation and pain medications usually aren’t necessary, though you may experience slight cramping or an urge to move your bowels.

The procedure typically lasts about 15 minutes, possibly longer if biopsies are taken.

Getting Your Results

We will share the results with you at a follow-up visit or via phone call a few days to a week after the exam.

Additional screenings, procedures, or treatment plans may be necessary, depending on the results.

What type of visit do you need?

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