What is Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
Flexible sigmoidoscopy is a procedure that enables the physician to exam the inner lining of the lower large intestine. Sigmoidocopy is used for evaluation of abdominal pain, rectal bleeding or alternative bowel habits.
What preparation is required?
The lower part of your colon should be clean prior to your procedure. This is usually done by using enemas and laxatives. Your physician will give you detailed instructions about diet and medications. Be sure to follow the instruction carefully. Please avoid aspirin products, arthritis medications, iron supplements, anti coagulants and anti platelets medication 4-5 days prior to the procedure or as instructed.
What to expect during the procedure?
You will be asked to lie down on your left side with your knee drawn up on the examination table. No sedation is required for this procedure. Your doctor will insert a thin long flexible lighted tube into the rectum and advance through the lower part of the large intestine (sigmoid). Your doctor may take Polypectomy or a biopsy specimen if the scope shows abnormal findings such as growths, or polyps.
What to expect after the procedure?
Some cramping, bloating or abdominal pain can occur during the first few hours after the procedure. You may resume your normal diet and activities the next day. Discharge instructions should be carefully read and followed. Please call our office if you experience severe abdominal pain, fever, chills or heavy rectal bleeding.