Sigmoidoscopy in NYC
What is a flexible sigmoidoscopy?
A flexible sigmoidoscopy is a medical exam that gives your doctor the ability to clearly see the internal lining of your rectum and part of your colon or large intestine. During the procedure, your physician will use a small, flexible tube with a camera on the end to examine the area and detect any abnormalities.
What does a flexible sigmoidoscopy involve?
Before Your Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
Prior to the procedure, you’ll just need to discuss your current medications with your doctor and check for any special instructions. In some cases, you’ll need to adjust your diet or medications. Be sure to ask your doctor if you will need to do anything in particular to prepare.
During Your Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
A flexible sigmoidoscopy is generally a comfortable procedure, during which you will lie on your back or side. You may experience a small amount of pressure during the procedure, but for the most part, we find that our patients feel relaxed and comfortable.
After Your Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
Your results are immediately ready following the procedure, so your doctor will be able to discuss everything with you before you leave our office. You may experience mild cramping or bloating just after the exam, but it will go away quickly. You’ll be able to return to your regular eating and drinking if you were instructed to change your diet prior to the exam, and you can return to regular activities.
In some instances, you may have been given a sedative to help you relax during the procedure. In these cases, you will not be able to drive for 12 hours after the procedure. This means you’ll need to arrange for a friend or family member to pick you up after the procedure. The results will be discussed with you when the procedure is completed.
What if my flexible sigmoidoscopy is abnormal?
If your doctor finds an abnormality during your flexible sigmoidoscopy, a biopsy is generally recommended. This can be done during the same procedure. When a biopsy is needed, the sample area will be sent to a lab for further testing, and the results are generally available in about a week. If you’re waiting on lab results, one of our nurses will reach out to you via a phone call as soon as they are available. In other cases, your doctor may recommend having a colonoscopy to further test the area.
Are there any possible complications of a flexible sigmoidoscopy?
The flexible sigmoidoscopy is considered a very safe procedure. While complications are rare, there are some signs that might indicate a problem. Contact us at Gotham Medical Associates if you experience any of the following signs of a complication:
- Rectal bleeding
- Severe abdominal pain