Gastrointestinal issues are often painful, irritating, and generally uncomfortable. Looking into these issues to find out their root causes is an important part of a gastroenterologist’s diagnosis process. Flexible sigmoidoscopy allows your doctor to investigate your gastrointestinal symptoms with ease. Learn more about flexible sigmoidoscopy with Dr. Saeed Ahmed at Digestive Disease Associates of Central Florida in Wesley Chapel, FL.

What is a flexible sigmoidoscopy? 
A flexible sigmoidoscopy allows your doctor to visually see the inside of your colon and its tissues and lining. This procedure is an invaluable tool in diagnosing precancerous and cancerous polyps and investigating gastrointestinal symptoms like rectal and abdominal pain or abnormal bowel movements. While flexible sigmoidoscopy is similar to a colonoscopy, the procedures differ in that colonoscopy examines the whole of the colon and flexible sigmoidoscopy examines the colon up to the sigmoid.

What can I expect from a flexible sigmoidoscopy? 
The procedure itself involves using the sigmoidoscope, a long, thin, flexible tube, to examine the inside of the colon. During the procedure, your doctor will insert the sigmoidoscope into the anus through the rectum and into the colon. A tiny light and camera attached to the end of the sigmoidoscope allow your doctor to spot abnormalities or polyps within your colon. Your doctor uses air to inflate the colon for a better view. At the end of your procedure, your doctor slowly removes the sigmoidoscope while examining your colon’s tissues.

Preparing for a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
Before your procedure, your doctor will inform you of any cleansing routines or enemas required. Normally, one or more enemas performed before the procedure is enough to properly cleanse the colon, though your preparation may also include laxatives or diet restrictions. After the procedure, you can go back to your normal diet and activities. If your doctor found any polyps or abnormalities, you may need a full colonoscopy or biopsy.

For more information on flexible sigmoidoscopy, please contact Dr. Saeed Ahmed at Digestive Disease Associates of Central Florida in Wesley Chapel, FL. Call (813) 994-4800 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ahmed today!

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