Flexible sigmoidoscopy

What is a flexi sigmoidoscopy?

A flexi sigmoidoscopy is similar to a colonoscopy. During the procedure a small camera on the end of a long flexible tube is inserted through the rectum. The tube is passed along the length of the rectum and lower colon (unlike a colonoscopy, where the entire colon is examined).

Why do I need a flexi sigmoidoscopy?

A flexi sigmoidoscopy may be used to examine parts of your colon where there are unexplained gastrointestinal symptoms, but a full colonoscopy is not suitable.

How do I prepare for a flexi sigmoidoscopy?

Your doctor will advise what preparation is required. Sometimes all you will need is an enema directly prior to the procedure. If you will receive sedation, you will need to fast for a given time to ensure your stomach is empty. A full bowel preparation is often not required, unlike with a colonoscopy.

Talk to you doctor if you take any regular medications; most should be able to be continued but ensure you give them a full list.

Are there any risks associated with flexi sigmoidoscopy?

There are very few risks associated with a flexi sigmoidoscopy, especially if there is no anaesthesia. However, there is a chance of bleeding from a biopsy or polyp removal, or perforation of the bowel wall.

What happens after the flexi sigmoidoscopy?

After the procedure you may feel bloated or experience slight cramps. This should resolve after passing gas. If you received sedation of any kind, you will be unable to drive for 24 hours following the procedure.

Find out more about flexible sigmoidoscopy

To find out more about flexible sigmoidoscopy talk to one of our gastroenterologists today.