What is a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy?
FLEXIBLE SIGMOIDOSCOPY – is an internal examination of the sigmoid colon (the lower part of the large intestine) with a short flexible scope which allows the physician to examine that part of the colon.
What should you expect during the procedure?
Prior to the test you will not be allowed to have anything to eat or drink after midnight . This test can be done with or without sedation. A colon prep will be required the day before or the morning of the exam which will be ordered by your physician so your physician will have a clear view of your colon. When you arrive in Special Procedures you will have a health history taken, an IV started (if you are sedated) and be connected to an EKG monitor. During the procedure tissue samples may be taken. The procedure takes 5-10 minutes to be completed.
What happens after the Flexible Sigmoidoscopy?
If you are sedated you will be required to have a driver to drive you home and you will go to our recovery area for one hour after the procedure. You will resume a normal diet when you go home, rest the remainder of the day and resume normal activities the following day. If you are not sedated you will be allowed to drive yourself home and resume your normal activities that day. Following the procedure you may have abdominal cramping, pass gas and pass small amounts of blood from the rectum.