Flexible Sigmoidoscopy


Flexible sigmoidoscopy is an outpatient or office-based procedure using a long, flexible tubular instrument to view the inner lining of the lower large intestine/colon and rectum.  A biopsy can also be taken if necessary through the instrument.

Usually an enema is given 2 hours prior to the procedure at home. No sedation is required.  The procedure takes 5 to10 minutes.

Flexible sigmoidoscopy is commonly used to evaluate gastrointestinal symptoms such as pain, bleeding or change in bowel habits.  It can also detect polyps or cancer.

California Colorectal Surgeons
8929 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 302
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone: 424-274-0667
Fax: 310-659-5830
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