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A Flexible Sigmoidoscopy: What Is It?

Sep 1

Your doctor may examine your rectum and lower colon using an endoscopic procedure called a flexible sigmoidoscopy. Your doctor will use a sigmoidoscope, a specialized endoscope, to see the area. An lighted tube with a camera at the end is thin and flexible.

The procedure is the same as a colonoscopy, with the exception that the sigmoidoscope can only reach so far. The flexible sigmoidoscopy treatment may be performed in your doctor's office and lasts between 10 and 20 minutes.


What Is The Purpose Of Flexible Sigmoidoscopy?

The flexible sigmoidoscopy procedure is painless and has minimal adverse effects. Your doctor could advise doing so in order to determine:

  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Rectal bleeding is a frequent issue
  • The way people eat has changed
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Other digestive problems
  • Your doctor could also use a flexible sigmoidoscopy to check for colon cancer


Expectations For Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

To ensure a secure and thorough procedure, you must maintain a clear liquid diet and have an enema before to the therapy. Your doctor will have a clear view of you, and your digestive system will be clean. You'll get thorough preparation instructions from your doctor, including information on which prescription medications are okay to take.

During a flexible sigmoidoscopy, you remain awake and lay on your left side. Most of the time, no sedative is necessary. Your doctor will:

  • Insert the lubricated sigmoidoscope into the rectum, past the anus, and into the large intestine.
  • Blow some air into your intestines to improve eyesight; you could experience pressure or cramping as a consequence.
  • Examine the pictures on a nearby monitor.
  • Take a little sample of tissue using biopsy forceps, maybe, and examine it via the scope.

Following the procedure, your doctor will discuss the findings with you. The next day, you may go back home and go on with your regular activities.