Similar to a colonoscopy, a flexible sigmoidoscopy allows your doctor to exam the lining of your rectum and a portion of your colon. A thin, flexible tube is inserted into the anus and is slowly advanced past the rectum and into the lowest portion of your colon.
You will be given specific preparation instructions by your doctor prior to your appointment. It is important that you follow those instructions completely. Remember, the quality of the procedure depends on the quality of the preparation. Make sure to discuss your medical history and tell your doctor of all medications you take, both prescription and over the counter.
During the procedure, your doctor will look for areas of concern, take biopsies, and look for polyps. If your doctor finds precancerous polyps, adenomas, or sees large polyps which may partially obstruct the colon, you may be asked to schedule a colonoscopy.
Flexible sigmoidoscopy is easily tolerated by most patients. You may feel some bloating or experience some gas pains after the procedure; but this passes quickly and most people resume their normal schedule soon after leaving the procedure. While complications are rare, you should notify your doctor if you experience severe abdominal pain, fever, chills or rectal bleeding. Some minor spotting of blood from the rectum is normal and can last a few days after the exam.
It is in our very character to put you, the patient, first. If you live in the New York City metropolitan area and require a gastroenterologist you should visit Concorde Gastro. We offer four convenient locations from which to choose. Our doctors are among the best in their field and you can be confident in the care you receive.