Flexible Sigmoidoscopy is a procedure used to see inside the Sigmoid colon and rectum (internal examination of the lower large bowel or colon), using an instrument called a Sigmoidoscope. The procedure is used to assist Dr. Sachar with diagnosing including but not limited to:
- Cancer precursors
- Abdominal pain
- Colon polyps
- Diverticulosis (abnormal pouches on the lining of the intestines)
- Inflammatory bowel disease
How is Flexible Sigmoidoscopy different from Colonoscopy?
Flexible Sigmoidoscopy enables Dr. Suchar to view only the Sigmoid colon, whereas a Colonoscopy allows her to view the entire colon. Colonoscopy is the preferred screening method for cancers of the colon and rectum; however, to prepare for and perform a flexible Sigmoidoscopy typically requires less preparation and time.
It is suggested that you provide a list of items you will be ingesting, for our review, before consumption. It is possible that a laxative or an enema may also be required the night before a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy.
A flexible Sigmoidoscopy typically takes about 20 minutes. It is not unusual for cramping or bloating to occur during the first hour after the procedure. As with Colonoscopy, bleeding and puncture of the large intestine are possible but uncommon complications. Side effects, such as severe abdominal pain, fever, blood in stool, dizziness, nausea or weakness should be reported immediately.
Our staff takes the utmost care in diagnoses, preparation and procedure. We consult with you about the procedure and welcome concerns or questions. We want to ensure you are completely comfortable and knowledgeable about all the steps of your procedure.
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- Upper GI Gastroscopy
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
- Video Capsule Endoscopy
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- Bowel Pattern Changes
- Nutrition & Weight Management
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Bloating & Gas Disorders
- Peptic Ulcer Diseases
- Abdominal Pain Diagnosis & Treatment
- Evalution of Celiac Diseases
- Swallowing Disorders
- Colonic Diseases Diagnosis & Management
- Investigation of Rectal Bleeding
- Hepatic (Liver) Disorders
- Pancreatic Diseases
- Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Management
- Breath Tests
- Obscure GI Bleeding
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