Women and Men from Vancouver and all across B.C. choose False Creek Healthcare Centre because of board-certified General Surgeons. Our team of General surgeons has years of experience and excellence in performing sigmoidoscopy procedures.
Sigmoidoscopy is a surgical diagnostic procedure designed to allow your doctor to look inside your sigmoid colon without the need for invasive surgery. Sigmoidoscopy procedures can help to diagnose colon cancer and may also be used to aid in diagnosing problems related to the lower colon such as bleeding, abdominal pain, or diarrhea.
What to Expect
During a sigmoidoscopy, patients lie on their left side on an examination table. In most cases, a light sedative will be used to ensure your comfort, though a deeper sedation may be required. Your doctor will then carefully feed the endoscope through the rectum and into the colon.
A tiny video camera mounted on the endoscope transmits images to a monitor, allowing your surgeon to make a close examination of the rectum, colon, and large intestine. Carbon dioxide may be pumped into the colon through the endoscope in order to inflate the colon and produce a clearer image.
Your surgeon may perform biopsies, stop bleeding, and remove abnormal growths, depending on the results of the sigmoidoscopy. For these procedure, special tools that slide through the endoscope are used. Once the procedure is finished your surgeon will gently remove the endoscope.
How to Prepare
The process of preparation for a sigmoidoscopy is called a bowel prep and is designed to ensure that all solids cleared from the gastrointestinal tract. A combination of over the counter laxatives and a clear liquid diet, starting 2-3 days before the procedure, is often recommended.
If you are ready to discuss your surgery needs with our board certified surgeons, request a consultation today. During your consultation your patient care coordinator will discuss:
- Your medical history
- Pre and post-operative care
- Potential risks and complications