What is a Sigmoidoscopy?
A flexible sigmoidoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that a doctor uses to the inner lining of your rectum and the lower portion of the colon.
Who Needs a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy?
A flexible sigmoidoscopy is recommended for individuals who may be suffering from certain gastrointestinal symptoms, such as abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or unusual changes in bowel habits. It may also be used to assess risk of colon or rectal cancer.
What is the Prep for a Sigmoidoscopy?
To prepare for a sigmoidoscopy, your bowel must be fully cleansed. Your doctor will recommend specific instructions regarding preparation. This may include use of any enema to empty out your rectum and lower intestine for clear viewing of the intestinal walls.