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What is the difference between a flexible sigmoidoscopy and an endoscopy?

What is the difference between a flexible sigmoidoscopy and an endoscopy?

Flex sig is: A type of endoscopy, but generally flex sig looks at the lower third of your colon, an office procedure, and endoscopy usually implies looking down your esophagus into stomach and first portion of small bowel and usually requires outpatient facility and sedation ...Read more

Dr. John Lappas
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Sigmoidoscopy (Definition)

Sigmoidoscopy is the use of a flexible fiberoptic camera or specially designed scope to examine the inside of the colon. Because the procedure only examines the left side of the colon (in an area called the sigmoid), it is termed sigmoidoscopy. This is to differentiate it from a colonoscopy, where the entire right and left side of the colon is examined. A sigmoidoscopy ...Read more


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What is a flexible sigmoidoscopy?

What is a flexible sigmoidoscopy?

A colon exam: This is a limited exam of the distal colon and rectum, typically done without sedation in an office setting. This has been used as part of colon cancer screening regimens, but has been largely replaced by colonoscopy which allows a complete colon exam. ...Read more

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What does a flexible sigmoidoscopy involve?

Camera: You get a camera inserted through your rectum to examine the rectum and the sigmoid colon. You may or may not be offered anesthesia for this procedure. You need to at least have an enema before the procedure to cleanse the colon, and sometimes a laxatives preparation the day before. ...Read more

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What if the flexible sigmoidoscopy shows something abnormal?

What if the flexible sigmoidoscopy shows something abnormal?

Depends on findings: Flexible sigmoidoscopy looks at lower 1/3 of colon. Better look is with colonoscopy, which looks at entirety of colon. In general, if abnormality seen on flex sig, colonoscopy is recommended. ...Read more

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What is the cpt code for flexible sigmoidoscopy?

45330: 45330 is the cpt code for a diagnostic flexible sigmoidoscopy. ...Read more

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Please tell me about flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy?

Please tell me about flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy?

Two separate procedu: These are two separate procedures for checking the large intestine. Sigmoidoscope is shorter and can look inside about one half of the (lower) colon. Colonoscopy is done with a colonoscope, which is much longer and can go up all the way into the entire colon and check it out for any internal disease of the colon like cancer or polyps. ...Read more

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Why is a flexible sigmoidoscopy done instead of a colonoscopy?

Screening: A flex-sig is usually done in the office as a preliminary screening procedure. It is also useful as a follow-up if you have had polyps removed in the lower colon. Is is also useful to re-evaluate colitis and you response to treatment. ...Read more

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What is it like to have a flexible sigmoidoscopy or a colonoscopy?

Depends!: Very few physicians perform sigmoidoscopy anymore (only checks half the colon and no sedation!). Colonoscopy is usually done with sedation or anesthesia. The procedure itself is usually not uncomfortable. The cleaning out preparation can be arduous. Colonoscopy is 50 times more life saving than a mammogram! ...Read more

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Can you tell me about having a flexible sigmoidoscopy or a colonoscopy?

Both look at: The lower colon but the colonoscopy looks at the entire colon. Preps are different, colonoscopy usually requires sedation and thus someone to drive home, but flex sig can be done in office without sedation and you can resume normal activity right away. Indication are different for each so it depends on the reason you are having the exam in the first place. ...Read more

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Would a flexible sigmoidoscopy test include a camera for later evaluation?

Yes: A flexible sigmoidoscopy involves a camera inserted through the rectum. Pictures can be taken. ...Read more

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How does the cost of a flexible sigmoidoscopy compare to that of a colonoscopy?

Cost: This is variable. Would contact the facility or provider to obtain more information about the anticipated cost. ...Read more

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How does wearing makeup affect flexible sigmoidoscopy? Form says not to wear it.

How does wearing makeup affect flexible sigmoidoscopy? Form says not to wear it.

Coverup: The makeup might cover the color of the skin of your face which might delay the surgeon or anesthesiologist recognizing an important change in your condition. For example, lipstick might cover "blue lips" which would indicate that you weren't getting enough oxygen in your blood. The makeup has no effect on the procedure. ...Read more

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What can be expected during my flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Not much: You will be under the influence of either an amnestic (blocks memory) and/or light sedative. You won't remember a thing and likely get a terrific nap in the process. Now, preparing for the experience by evacuating your bowels the day before can be challenging. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives to the flexible sigmoidoscopy?

What are some alternatives to the flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Several: Rigid proctosigmoidoscopy, full colonoscopy, air contrast barium enema xray, ct colonography. Depending on the reason you need an exam will determine which is the most appropriate technique to use. ...Read more

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What are possible complications of a flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Depends: If the test is done with sedation (typically not necessary) then there are risks of sedation. Otherwise typical risks of this procedure can include pain or cramps, bleeding (especially if there will be biopsies), infection, missing a lesion or a perforation (hole in the intestine). That being said, these risks are very rare. ...Read more

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What preparation is required for the flexible sigmoidoscopy?

What preparation is required for the flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Flex sig: Usually two enemas. Again, this is a procedure for the history books. Almost always an indication for a sigmoidoscopy is an indication for a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What does a flexible sigmoidoscopy feel like? Are you out for it?

What does a flexible sigmoidoscopy feel like? Are you out for it?

'Flex sig' ='cramps': For a 'flex sig' you are usually awake with no anesthesia unless arranged ahead of time with your doctor/G.I. Doctor. The pain/cramps you experience is from the air placed in the lower colon so we can see the entire bowel wall. The usual indications for flex sig are for follow-up for known proctitis (colitis) otherwise a full colonoscopy is the best test for colon cancer screening. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: flexible sigmoidoscopy?

What is the definition or description of: flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Flexible Sigmoidosco: Is a procedure used to see inside the sigmoid colon & rectum. It can detect inflamed tissues, abnormal growths & ulcers. It can help doctors diagnose unexplained changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, bleeding from the anus, & weight loss. ...Read more

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I'm terrified for my flexible sigmoidoscopy! What do they do? Do you lay down? Do they give you a gown to wear? Does it hurt? How far up does it go?

Sigmoidoscopy: Read more at www. Browardgi. Com. Videos and links are there. Best is to speak to the performing physician beforehand. ...Read more

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What can a Flexible sigmoidoscopy Test for?

Common GI symptoms: Flexible sigmoidoscopy is commonly used to evaluate gastrointestinal symptoms, such as abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or changes in bowel habits. It is also performed to screen people older than age 50 for colon and rectal cancer. ...Read more

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I was wondering is a person put to sleep when getting a flexible sigmoidoscopy?

I was wondering is a person put to sleep when getting a flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Not usually: As this is an office based procedure most often and doesn't require sedation in most cases and minimal bowel prep compared to colonoscopy; however it only exams the last 1/3 of your colon. ...Read more

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I having a flexible sigmoidoscopy and I have fleet ready to use when do I use it before going in to hospital?

Check with GI doc: Every clinic may have slightly different instructions. We use two enemas, one the night before and one the morning of the procedure a few hours before. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My flexible sigmoidoscopy came back normal. Went up to 22cm. But still worried about cancer. Would the test show up something not right? Even up to 22c

My flexible sigmoidoscopy came back normal. Went up to 22cm. But still worried about cancer. Would the test show up something not right? Even up to 22c

Then need colonoscop: If you are worried, the entire colon has to be visualized and you need colonoscopy. And you have to speak to your doctor about your concerns. ...Read more

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Had a flexible sigmoidoscopy. 6 biopsies taken. What else would could cause loss of vascular pattern if colitis wasn't discovered?

Had a flexible sigmoidoscopy. 6 biopsies taken. What else would could cause loss of vascular pattern if colitis wasn't discovered?

It depends on your h: What did your doctor tell you is wrong? If you do not have obvious inflammation or ulceration of the colonic mucosa, there is nothing very serious going on in your bowel. I would advise you to eat healthy (plant based foods), exercise daily (walking for 30 mins is good) and reduce stress in your life. The bowel will heal if you do all 3 of the above. ...Read more

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I have to get a flexible sigmoidoscopy (ill be sedated) in a couple days and I'm really scared! What is it? Does it hurt? Help I'm a 16 y/o girl!

Remain calm: I just had my first colonoscopy as my 50th birthday present. I am also an anesthesiologist so I know how safe the procedure and sedation truly are. Statistically your car ride to the hospital carries more risk. You will be safe, comfortable and awaken from your sedation quickly. Trust me, I just went through it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does a flexible sigmoidoscopy detect bowel cancer?

Does a flexible sigmoidoscopy detect bowel cancer?

Sigmoidoscopy: This procedure looks only at your lower bowel in contrast to a colonoscopy that should look at your entire bowel. All the best sorting through this. ...Read more

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27/f. Biopsy results from flexible sigmoidoscopy: mild inflammation. What does this mean? Do I have colitis? Dr. Wants me to come back for appt.

Sigmoidoscopy: You had a sigmoidoscopy and biopsies were taken. The doctor wants to see you in a couple weeks. The doctor will review the biopsy results which are more accurate than just looking from the scope. Bring a family member with you to help write down what the doctor tells you. You are in the age range for inflammatory bowel syndrome, but wait for the doctor to talk to you before you have diagnosis. ...Read more

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Getting flexible sigmoidoscopy. Do I need to drink the 10 oz magnesium citrate all in one go? And are 2 enemas really necessary?

Getting flexible sigmoidoscopy. Do I need to drink the 10 oz magnesium citrate all in one go? And are 2 enemas really necessary?

What is NECESSARY: Is to FOLLOW YOUR PREPARATION PROCESS EXACTLY! Or face having to do it all over again.

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My mum has irritable bowel syndrome and a fissure. She is going for a flexible sigmoidoscopy. Is this safe?

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My mum has irritable bowel syndrome and a fissure. She is going for a flexible sigmoidoscopy. Is this safe?

Sigmoidoscope: Scope is done quite frequently, and under hands of good gastroenterologist, complications are minimal. ...Read more

Dr. Kristi Moffat
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Proctosigmoidoscopy (Definition)

Proctosigmoidoscopy is an examination of the rectum and sigmoid colon (just above the rectum) using a narrow, rigid scope with a built-in light. A small amount of air is usually introduced to distend the bowel, allowing for a better view. Generally, a limited prep is helpful, but not always necessary. ...Read more


Dr. Charles Cattano
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Endoscopy (Definition)

Endoscopy broadly refers to the direct visualization of the intestinal tract by way of a flexible, fiberoptic scope. Generally, the term is used to describe evaluation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper endoscopy), or the ...Read more


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