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How Painful 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The purpose of the : Test is to find the source of your pain by recreating it over the same location with the same quality as the disc is injected. If it is a normal disc you will feel pressure. If a disc that is somewhat abnormal , maybe an ache but a disc or discs that are the source of your pain should be an exact reproduction temporarily. This is done under local anesthesia with occ. Use of some sedation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Kidney biopsies are done under local anesthesia (unless you are a pediatric patient) and either an ultrasound or CT scan is used to select a good location. Many physicians will inject 5-15ml of 1% lidocaine into the skin/muscle/soft tissues. You will still feel some pressure but should not have sharp pain during the biopsy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Is a colonoscopy the only test for colon cancer? Can a fit test replace the colonoscopy? Is it painful to have a colonoscopy awake?
Colonoscopy: Every person (even asymptomatic) after age of 50 should undergo screening colonoscopy. If there is a family history of colon cancer screening should be done earlier. Awake? Why? I won't recommend to do it being awake might not be a pleasant experience. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How is a rectal exam performed? How is a patient positioned for the exam? Is an erection normal after a rectal exam?
First rectal exam?: Examining practitioner will ask you to pull down your pants, either bend forward or lay on your side, & with a gloved finger will gently insert it into your rectum. The exam takes brief seconds, but permits assessment of rectal tenderness, masses, bleeding from the gut, rectal/anal tone, visual anal inspection, & your prostate. Rarely, expression of prostate fluid or erection may occur. Be well-- ...Read more
A polyp 1 CM is average size or is consider big ? Can I have the option to be awake and conscious during a colonoscopy?
Possible: 1 cm is not considered very small , current practice of endoscopic screening , will be picked up much smaller than 1 cm , yes could be done with out sedation , but you will be very uncomfortable , and no reason to suffer , follow the advice of your doctor, a relatively low risk procedure ...Read more
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
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