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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

A flexible scope with a camera is placed in the first portion of the colon by a trained physician. Scope diameter is approximate size of a dime. Sedation is generally not used, as this procedure has minor discomfort for a very short period. This procedure allows visualization of the lower colon only and looks for similar types of findings as is found in a Colonoscopy procedure. This procedure can take up to 15 minutes to perform.

The patient will usually be asked not to eat or drink anything the morning of the procedure. The physician may order laxatives the day prior or may simply order a small enema (Fleets Enema) be taken approximately 2 hours before the procedure is due.