If you’re suffering symptoms that suggest a problem in your rectum or lower colon, or it’s time to screen for cancer, schedule a flexible fiberoptic sigmoidoscopy. M. Jonathan Worsey, MD, FRCS, FACS, FASCRS, and Keith Beiermeister, MD, FACS, FASCRS, at San Diego Colon and Rectal Surgeons in La Jolla, California, have more than 20 years of experience doing sigmoidoscopies, producing reliable results without complications.

If you need to schedule a sigmoidoscopy, call the office or use the online booking feature today.

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What is a flexible fiberoptic sigmoidoscopy?

Flexible fiberoptic sigmoidoscopy is a procedure to diagnose and treat problems in your rectum and the last two feet of your intestinal tract. During the procedure, Dr. Worsey and Dr. Beiermeister use a long, flexible endoscope equipped with a light and camera to see the intestinal lining and detect problems.

When do I need a flexible fiberoptic sigmoidoscopy?

Dr. Worsey and Dr. Beiermeister do sigmoidoscopies when you have symptoms like bleeding, abdominal pain, changes in your bowel habits, and unexplained weight loss.

Conditions often detected with a sigmoidoscopy include:

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diverticulosis
  • Blockages
  • Cancers

They can also detect inflammation in the rectal and colon wall during a sigmoidoscopy.

Do I need to prepare for a flexible fiberoptic sigmoidoscopy?

Yes, you will need to prepare, but the process is simple: You use two Fleet® enemas, the first at two hours, the other one hour before you leave for your visit. You do not need to alter your diet or take additional laxatives.

How is a flexible fiberoptic sigmoidoscopy done?

Unlike colonoscopy this procedure is performed in the office, your doctor inserts the endoscope into your anus and releases air into the colon, making it easier to see the intestinal lining. After gently advancing the scope through the first two feet of your colon, they slowly withdraw it.

While removing the scope, they carefully examine the lining, taking biopsies and removing polyps as needed along the with assessing for any other abnormalities. The procedure takes about five minutes and seldom causes pain.

If you have questions about scheduling a screening sigmoidoscopy, call San Diego Colon and Rectal Surgeons today or book an appointment online.