8 doctors weighed in:
Is the sigmoidoscopy a risky thing to do?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not generally
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.

In brief: Not generally
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.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. Frederick Shieh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not really
As with any medical procedure, there is some risk, but if you are a relatively healthy person, it is very safe.
There is a less than one in a thousand risk for the most common complications, which are bleeding, perforation of the bowel and infection, but if you have a well-trained specialist perform the procedure, it is extremely safe.

In brief: Not really
As with any medical procedure, there is some risk, but if you are a relatively healthy person, it is very safe.
There is a less than one in a thousand risk for the most common complications, which are bleeding, perforation of the bowel and infection, but if you have a well-trained specialist perform the procedure, it is extremely safe.
Dr. Frederick Shieh
Dr. Frederick Shieh
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