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Doctor insights on: Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Vs Colonoscopy

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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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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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Comparison of diagnosis colorectal cancer between ctscan and barium enema?

Comparison of diagnosis colorectal cancer between ctscan and barium enema?

Depends on size: Can see the blood supply of tumour mass on a cat scan.. But small polyps do not show... Be does not see polyps, but does see tumour.. Colonoscopy with a perfect prep is the gold standard for large and small. ...Read more

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Difference between proctoscope and sigmoidoscope?

About 40 cm: Proctoscope is a rigid scope 25 cm long, and a sigmoidoscope is flexible and about 65 cm in length. ...Read more

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What are the differences between sigmoidoscopy prep and colonoscopy prep?

What are the differences between sigmoidoscopy prep and colonoscopy prep?

It is similar: Both procedures require complete cleaning up of the Colorectal area. So the prep is not any different. ...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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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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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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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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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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Is colon cancer removable by a colonoscopy?

Is colon cancer removable by a colonoscopy?

Possibly: We believe most colon cancers progress through a polyp stage. Polyp simply means growth and can be any size or configuration but can be small. Early on a cancer can still be partly a polyp and be removed during colonoscopy. They still need to be evaluated and treated as a cancer however, and it does not necessarily mean the cancer is cured by just removing it as a cancerous polyp. ...Read more

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Is it possible to miss diverticulosis on ct and colonoscopy?Post scope ct shows Diverticulosis.Ct and scope prior no Diverticulosis.Pain since scope.

YES: Some diverticula(e) are VERY small and when these little "bubbles" are filled with normal bowel mucous can be missed by both tests...SIGNIFICANT or INFLAMMED diverticulae will NOT be missed by either test... Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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Flexible sig to 35 cm, would it show most of sigmoid colon?

Flexible sig to 35 cm, would it show most of sigmoid colon?

Get a colonscopy: Why was the sigmoidscopy reccomneed. Consider a full colonoscopy if you are concerned about colon cancer,such as having rectal bleeding, strong family history of colon cancer, etc. Although you are young for a screening colonscopy if you have any alarm features please do not stop at sigmoidscopy instead get a colonscopy. ...Read more

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What is the risk of bowel perforation from CT colonography "virtual colonoscopy"??

What is the risk of bowel perforation from CT colonography "virtual colonoscopy"??

Not invasive.: A traditional colonoscopy is invasive; the fiber optic camera is passed through the colon, and therein causes the low risk of perforation of the colon. A CT colonography is not invasive; it's just a fancier CT scan, so there's nothing to directly cause a perforation. ...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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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more