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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

What is a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy?

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy is a diagnostic procedure performed to evaluate the health of the rectum and the lower part of the colon (sigmoid colon). It involves using a flexible, lighted tube called a sigmoidoscope, which is inserted through the rectum. The sigmoidoscope allows the doctor to visualise the lining of the rectum and sigmoid colon, which can help diagnose conditions like colorectal cancer, polyps, inflammation, or other gastrointestinal issues.

What are the advantages?

Flexible sigmoidoscopy offers several advantages in colorectal examination. One key benefit is its effectiveness in early detection and diagnosis of colorectal conditions, including precancerous polyps. It is a minimally invasive alternative to a full colonoscopy, requiring potentially less sedation. The procedure is quick, usually taking only a few minutes, and patients typically experience minimal recovery time, often resuming normal activities shortly after. These factors make flexible sigmoidoscopy a valuable and efficient tool for colorectal screening and early intervention.

What are the possible risks?

Flexible sigmoidoscopy, generally safe, does entail potential risks. A small risk exists of the sigmoidoscope causing a tear or hole in the colon wall, known as perforation. Minor bleeding may occur, particularly if a biopsy or polyp removal is performed, though this bleeding is usually minimal. Patients may experience mild cramping or discomfort during or after the procedure. While rare, there is also a risk of infection associated with flexible sigmoidoscopy. Understanding these potential risks is essential for individuals undergoing the procedure, highlighting the importance of informed decision-making and careful post-procedure monitoring.

What happens after the procedure?

After a flexible sigmoidoscopy, patients are typically observed for a short period in the recovery area. Any discomfort or bloating usually subsides quickly. In most cases, patients can resume normal activities and diet after the procedure. The doctor will discuss the findings with the patient and may provide recommendations for further care if necessary. If biopsies were taken or polyps removed, the results will be available after a few days, and the doctor will discuss the next steps, if any.

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