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Is flexible sigmascope painful without sedation?

Is flexible sigmascope painful without sedation?

Lasts 3-5 minutes: Sigmoidoscopy involves insertion of a flexible tube into your rectum, advanced anywhere from 35 to 70 cm. Air is used to inflate the colon during this process. If awake, you may feel distension from the air & pressure of scope passage. Everyone's threshold for discomfort varies so some don't feel sigmoidoscopy as uncomfortable at all while others register much discomfort from the same stimuli. ...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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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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What does a flexible sigmoidoscopy involve?

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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Do GI doctors perform anoscopes and rectoscopes during a colonoscopy? Can it be requested or are anoscope/rectoscope exclusive to proctologists?

Do GI doctors perform anoscopes and rectoscopes during a colonoscopy? Can it be requested or are anoscope/rectoscope exclusive to proctologists?

Included: A colonoscope is inserted into the anus, ascends through the rectum, and goes on to check the rest of the bowel. Thus colonoscopy includes examination of the anus and rectum. However, if there is a suspicion of anal pre-cancer (e.g. In HIV positive men) a specialized magnifying instrument is used to assess the anus. ...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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Will i be sedated for a rigid sigmoidoscopy? What is a rigid sigmoidoscopy?

Usually no sedation: Rigid sigmoidoscopy is a short, straight scope that is used to examine only the rectum and lower part of the sigmoid colon. This exam usually only takes a couple of minutes and is typically done in the office without sedation. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy need IV insertion?

Maybe: I have performed colonoscopies with no sedation. In that case no IV is required. Otherwise, ivs are used for Propofol or versed sedation. ...Read more

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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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Is a barium enema an uncomfortable procedure?

Is a barium enema an uncomfortable procedure?

Barium enema: It is painful, and usually useless except for verymspecific circumstances. If you primary ordered it, see a, gastroenterologist. They miss 50% of polyps, and 15% of cancers. ...Read more

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Who usually performs colonoscopies, gastroenterologists or colon and rectal surgeons?

Who usually performs colonoscopies, gastroenterologists or colon and rectal surgeons?

Both: Both do however if a mass is there the colon and rectal surgeon can take care of it. In addition a colorectal surgeon would be more agressive at removing a polyp whereas a GI may be more apt to recommend surgery. This is based on personal experience. Fyi colonoscopy was pioneered by a general and cardiothoracic surgeon at beth israel in ny. Dr wolff and dr shinya invented polypectomy. ...Read more

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Can balloon surgery be performed for nasal polyps?

Can balloon surgery be performed for nasal polyps?

Not to cure them: Balloon sinuplasty is a nice way of opening blocked sinuses. Polyp disease is not an issue of blocked sinuses the way pain or recurrent infection might be. Polyps are from nasal and sinus inflammation. The balloon procedure won't stop your particular nose from being inflamed. Removing the polyps and opening the sinuses combined with medication, oral and intranasal, long term is the best treatment. ...Read more

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Do they use conscious sedation for colonoscopy and endoscopy?

Yes : And that may be sufficient. In my opinion, deep sedation and monitoring provided by an anesthesiologist is more comfortable, effective, efficient and safer paradigm. ...Read more

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What is the cpt code for flexible colonoscopy with biopsy?

CPT 45380: Plain colonoscopy is 45378, with a biopsy 45380. Hot biopsy polypectomy is 45384 and snare polypectomy is 45385. ...Read more

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Are general surgeons able to practice cosmetic surgeries (liposuction, etc.)?

Are general surgeons able to practice cosmetic surgeries (liposuction, etc.)?

Yes, but...: I agree with dr whitfield in that the general surgery residency process does not include formal instruction about cosmetic procedures. The plastic surgery residency requires 2-3 additional years of training beyond general surgery. With extensive training and experience, one can master skills that were not included in residency but in general, one is usually best served by those certified by abps. ...Read more

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Which clinics in singapore perform anal smear tests and anoscopy?

Which clinics in singapore perform anal smear tests and anoscopy?

Most of them: Singapore hospital have advance and modern surgical suits, most major hospital dose that. ...Read more

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Need unsedated colonoscopy?

Most patients: Find mild sedation helpful during a colonoscsopy however many can tolerate the procedure without sedation. Talk with your endoscopist to see if you are a candidate. ...Read more

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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. James Ferguson
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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy (Definition)

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 ...Read more