What is a sigmoidoscopy?
Sigmoidoscopy, also called flexible sigmoidoscopy, is a procedure similar to a colonoscopy in that we use a flexible tube with a camera on its tip to examine the colon. However, while a colonoscopy covers the entire colon, a sigmoidoscopy is less invasive and allows for the inspection of only the lower part of the colon, also known as the rectum and sigmoid colon.
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How does treatment compare to a colonoscopy?
Because a sigmoidoscopy is less invasive, this procedure does not usually require sedation. We will provide you with all necessary information regarding preparation and post-procedure expectations during your visit.
Why might I need a sigmoidoscopy?
A sigmoidoscopy will aid your doctor in evaluating rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, change in bowel habits, or atypical abdominal pain. We also would check for inflammation, polyps, cancer, abnormal tissue, or ulcers. We are happy to meet with you and assist you in deciding if this procedure is the best option for you.