What Is A Sigmoidoscopy?
A sigmoidoscopy, also known as a flexible sigmoidoscopy, is a diagnostic procedure similar to a colonoscopy. The procedure allows your doctor to exam the sigmoid, the lower end of the colon, as well as the lining of your rectum. This is done by inserting a thin, flexible tube into the anus and moving it into the sigmoid. The tube contains a camera which displays images on a screen for your Vanguard Gastroenterology physician to examine. We recommend patients that are 50 and over consider a sigmoidoscopy.
Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Diagnosis
A flexible sigmoidoscopy can detect early signs of rectal and colon cancer as well as diagnose the cause of:
- Abdominal pain
- Changes in bowel activity
- Rectal bleeding
- Other gastrointestinal symptoms
Preparing For A Sigmoidoscopy
Patients will be given specific preparation instructions by their Vanguard Gastroenterology doctor prior to the procedure. It is important that you follow those instructions completely as the quality of the procedure will depend on the quality of the preparation. Be sure to discuss your medical history and tell your doctor about all medications you take, both prescription and over the counter, during your consultation.
The Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Procedure
A flexible sigmoidoscopy is an outpatient procedure. First, the patient will lay on the examination table on their side. Your Vanguard Gastroenterology doctor will then insert the tube, or sigmoidoscope, into the anus and guide it through the rectum to the sigmoid. The sigmoidoscope will then inflate the large intestine with air in order to create room for the camera and a clear picture for the doctor.four
During the procedure, your doctor will look for areas of concern, take biopsies, and look for polyps. If possible, they will remove any polyps or growths. Tissue samples will then be sent away for a biopsy. If there is anything that is abnormal and cannot be removed patients may need to schedule a colonoscopy for further examination. The whole procedure takes about 20 minutes.
Please Note: A $75.00 cancellation fee will be charged for all procedures cancelled with less than two (2) business days notice.
Side Effects Of A Sigmoidoscopy
Patients may experience some pressure, bloating, and gas pains after the procedure but this should pass quickly. Additionally, minor bleeding from the rectum is normal and can last a few days. While complications are rare, you should notify our office if you experience any of the following including:
- Abdominal pain
- Colon lining perforation
- Rectal bleeding
Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Recovery
Since a sigmoidoscopy is an outpatient procedure most patients resume their normal schedule soon after leaving our facility. Patients can expect the results of their flexible sigmoidoscopy immediately after the procedure. However, biopsy results may take up to a week before they are available.
Schedule A Consultation
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 Sigmoidoscopy call us at (212) 889-5544 or book an appointment online. We offer two convenient locations to choose from and our doctors are among the best in their field.
We serve patients from New York NY, Queens NY, Brooklyn NY, The Bronx NY, East Elmhurst NY, Ridgewood NY, Valley Stream NY, and Staten Island NY.