sigmoidoscopy

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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 typically requires an enema.
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Does sigmoidoscopy hurt?

The medications

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that are provided should prevent the experience of pain.
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Dr. Hillel Naon answered:

Will a rigid sigmoidoscopy hurt?

It may

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You will have some discomfort
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Dr. Howard M. Hack answered:

What is a flexible sigmoidoscopy?

A colon exam

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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.
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Dr. Imran Saeed answered:

What can a sigmoidoscopy diagnose?

It examines

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the rectum and the sigmoid colon. It can be done in office without any sedation. It can diagnose diseases such as proctitis, colitis, look for polyps in the distal colon amd rectum, and also evaluate hemorrhoids. There are several other uses but the above mentioned are more common.
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What is a sigmoidoscopy, is it useful?

Sigmoidoscopy exam

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The sigmoid colon is the last bend of the gut before food reaches the rectum. Accordingly, examination of the sigmoid & left colon (hence the name "sigmoidoscopy") involves a flexible tube inserted into the rectum (often under sedation if you wish). The procedure takes only a few minutes & typically requires only a limited preparation. On the other hand, "colonscopy" examines the whole colon.
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How will doctor perform sigmoidoscopy?

With a sigmoidoscope

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A sigmoidoscopy is usually done with a 60 cm rubber tube attached to a tv screen with you lying on your left side. The exam usually is only about 5 minutes long.
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Is the sigmoidoscopy a risky thing to do?

Not generally

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Flexible sig: getting cleaned out by enemas, having a flexible, lit up tube inserted into the rectum, and advanced (steered), under direct vision (video chip inside the scope) from rectum to sigmoid, and descending colon; looks at last 1.5 feet (approx) of intestine.Stops at the turn under the left ribs. No sedation usually, can do biopsy; slight risk of bleed, perforation (1 in several thousand
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Where do I go if sigmoidoscopy questions?

Ask your doc

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Ask your doc about indication for procedure, nature of procedure, alternatives (including not doing it), significant risks and benefits-whether it is re: sigmoidoscopy, or any other. Doc needs to inform you re: above factors, so you can make an informed consent. Also can go online to Am. Coll. Gastroenterology for information.
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What does a flexible sigmoidoscopy involve?

Guts

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I would rather go to the dentist. But nitrous oxide is a good idea to help relax during this mildly uncomfortable and moderately embarrassing procedure
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Dr. Henry Wodnicki answered:

Do surgeons do colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy?

Both

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Surgeons do sigmoidoscopy and those with special training ( colorectal surgeon) do both
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