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Getting A Sigmoidoscopy While Pregnant
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
Is sigmoidoscopy safe during pregnancy? I’m in my third trimester and my doctor wants to do a sigmoidoscopy to find out why i’m bleeding. Can it hurt my baby?
Flexible : Flexible sigmoidoscopy and even colonoscopy appears to be safe during pregnancy if it is indicated. A study published in 1996 looked at the safety and effectiveness of 48 flexible sigmoidoscopies during pregnancy done at 10 medical centers and showed that sigmoidoscopy does not induce labor or result in congenital malformations, that sigmoidoscopy is not contraindicated during pregnancy, and that sigmoidoscopy may be beneficial in pregnant patients with significant lower gastrointestinal bleeding. The study included thirteen patients who were in the first trimester of pregnancy, 18 who were in the second trimester, and 15 who were in the third trimester. Twenty-seven patients were found to have significant diagnoses that included colitis and bleeding internal hemorrhoids. No complications occurred in the pregnant patients. Eight colonoscopies were also performed in pregnant patients during this study with no complications to the mother or unborn baby. You should discuss your particular situation with your doctor before deciding whether or not to have a flexible sigmoidoscopy while you are pregnant. Reference: cappell ms, colon vj, sidhom oa. A study at 10 medical centers of the safety and efficacy of 48 flexible sigmoidoscopies and 8 colonoscopies during pregnancy with follow-up of fetal outcome and with comparison to control groups. Dig dis sci. 1996;41(12):2353. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: But if the scope was necessary or you didn't know or tell the doctor you were pregnant it could have contributed but if you are still pregnant with a viable fetus, stop worrying about things after the fact. Nothing you can do about it now. ...Read more
Narrow stools, 4 CT over three years, sigmoidoscopy normal, diverticulosis seen on CT scan. Chance of colon cancer?? Currently pregnant
Narrow stools: Narrow stools are not necessarily a sign of colon cancer and nay be seen with scarring of the colon from prior episodes of diverticulitis. A negative sigmoidoscopy is reassuring in making cancer unlikely but a gastroenterologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you. ...Read more
Absolutely: Many gastroenterologists, faced with the need to evaluate the upper and lower GI tracts, may choose to perform a "double procedure" under one sedation--this minimizes sedation risk and maximizes the diagnostic yield of testing. Good luck with your results. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does a sigmoidoscopy hurt? My doctor told me i won’t get any sedation for my sigmoidoscopy, but my friend had sedation for his colonoscopy. Does that mean a sigmoidscopy hurts less?
Less uncomfortable: Different patients have different perceptions of pain. That being said, a sigmoidoscopy is generally less uncomfortable because they insert the instrument not nearly as far as with a colonoscopy. Consequently, they don't have to expand the inside of your colon with as much air during sigmoidoscopy which is generally the uncomfortable part. Sigmoidoscopy is commonly performed without sedation. ...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
If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...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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