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SIGMOIDOSCOPY

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

WHAT IS FLEXIBLE SIGMOIDOSCOPY?

Flexible sigmoidoscopy is a method in which a medical expert uses a flexible, tight tube called a sigmoidoscope, to glimpse inside your rectum and lower colon.

Flexible sigmoidoscopy can indicate swollen tissue, ulcers, polyps, and cancer.

 

WHY DO DOCTORS USE FLEXIBLE SIGMOIDOSCOPY?

Flexible sigmoidoscopy can find out the reason for the following symptoms, such as

 

  • Anus Bleeding
  • Bowel activity changes
  • Pain in abdomen
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy is also used screening tool for colon polyps and rectal cancer.

 

HOW SHOULD YOU PREPARE FOR A FLEXIBLE SIGMOIDOSCOPY?

For a successful flexible sigmoidoscopy, you will need to talk to Islamabad Gastroenterology Associates health professional about the preparations.

Discuss the health problems you have and all the medications including prescribed or non-prescribed medicines, vitamins, and supplements you are taking.

Get written bowel prep instructions to follow so that little or no stool remains in your intestine. Stool inside your intestine can block the clear image of the lining.

In most cases, one may drink or eat the following:

 

  • Bouillon
  • Gelatin
  • Coffee or tea, without cream or milk
  • Lemon, lime, or orange
  • Fruit juice; apple or white grape water

 

HOW FLEXIBLE SIGMOIDOSCOPY IS PERFORMED?

 

Sigmoidoscope is inserted into the patient’s anus and slowly guided to the rectum and into the sigmoid colon.

The scope pumps air into the large intestine for the better view. The camera shows an image of intestinal lining allowing to examine the tissues lining the patient’s sigmoid colon and rectum.

The patient may be asked to move several times for the adjustments.

 

WHAT SHOULD THE PATIENT EXPECT AFTER A FLEXIBLE SIGMOIDOSCOPY?

After a successful flexible sigmoidoscopy, following can be expected:

 

  • Cramping in the abdomen during the first hour after the procedure.
  • The patient may resume regular activities right away after the procedure.

 

WHAT RISKS ARE INVOLVED IN FLEXIBLE SIGMOIDOSCOPY?

The risks of a flexible sigmoidoscopy include:

  • Bleeding
  • Perforation
  • Abdomen pain

Bleeding and perforation are the most common complications. Bleeding occur if have polyps removed.

SEE A DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY

Seek care right away if you have the following symptoms:

  • Severe abdomen pain
  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Bowel movements or continued bleeding from your anus
  • Weakness

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