Flexible Sigmoidoscopy is a procedure used to see inside the Sigmoid colon and rectum using an instrument called a Sigmoidoscope, which is a shorter instrument than the colonoscope.
Lesions of interest:
- Internal hemorrhoids and a procedures to eradicate the hemorrhoids called “hemorrhoid banding” or “internal hemorrhoid band ligation.”
- Colon polyps
- Inflammatory bowel disease
How is Flexible Sigmoidoscopy different from Colonoscopy?
Flexible Sigmoidoscopy enables the visualization of the Sigmoid colon and rectum, whereas a Colonoscopy allows her to view the entire colon. Colonoscopy is the preferred screening method for cancers of the colon and rectum; however, a flex sig is adequate if hemorrhoid is the lesion of interest for performing the procedure.
It is possible that a laxative or an enema may also be required the morning of the procedure (Flexible Sigmoidoscopy).
A flexible Sigmoidoscopy typically takes about 20 minutes. It is not unusual for cramping or bloating to occur during the first hour after the procedure.
Our staff takes the utmost care in diagnoses, preparation and procedure. We consult with you about the procedure and welcome concerns or questions. We want to ensure you are completely comfortable and knowledgeable about all the steps of your procedure.