Flexible Sigmoidoscopy is a Gastroenterology procedure used to see inside the sigmoid colon and rectum. This procedure can detect inflamed tissue, abnormal growths, and ulcers. This is used to look for early signs of cancer and can help doctors diagnose unexplained changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, bleeding from the anus, and weight loss.
Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Preparation:
Day of Flexible Sigmoidoscopy:
A flexible sigmoidoscopy exam typically takes about 15 minutes. It may require slightly more time if biopsies are taken. Sedation and pain medications usually aren’t necessary. If a polyp is found, your doctor will likely recommend a colonoscopy to look at your whole colon, as other polyps may be present further up.
After the exam, you may have mild abdominal discomfort. You may feel bloated or pass gas for a few hours as you clear the air from your colon. Walking may help relieve any discomfort. You should be able to return to your usual diet and activities right away. You may also notice a small amount of blood with your first bowel movement after the exam, which usually isn’t cause for alarm. Consult your doctor if you continue to pass blood or if you have persistent abdominal pain or a fever over 100 F (37.8 C).