Gary I. Gorodokin M.D.

201-791-7760

24-07  Broadway

Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

Gastroenterology Consultants of North Jersey

718-743-8668

 2829 Ocean Pkwy

Brooklyn, NY 11235

FLEXIBLE SIGMOIDOSCOPY

If you're 50 or over, the American Cancer Society recommends having this test every 3 to 5 years.

Flexible sigmoidscopy is a procedure that is used to view the lower colon. This test can screen for colon cancer. It can also help find the source of abdominal pain, bleeding, and a change in bowel habits. A flexible tube with a viewing lens and light is used for this purpose.

Preparation

•    Obtain 2 fleet enemas and milk of magnesia 
(These items may be purchased over
      the counter in your pharmacy)
•    The day before the procedure please take two tablespoons of milk of magnesia
      at 3:00 pm. 
The day of the procedure take one fleet enema 1 hour before your
      scheduled procedure. 
Take the second fleet enema ½ hour before your scheduled
      procedure.
•    Do not eat or drink anything for five (5) hours prior to your procedure. Please call
      our office if you have any questions.

During the Test

•    The test is done in the doctor's office or in a hospital. endoscopy unit. You may
      wear a gown or a drape over your lower body.
•    The procedure takes 15 minutes or longer.
•    The doctor performs a digital rectal exam to check for anal and rectal problems.
    The rectum is lubricated and the scope inserted.
•    You may feel as if you have to have a bowel movement during the test. Do not
      be alarmed. It’s okay to pass some gas during the procedure to get relief.

After the Test

•    Usually you'll discuss the results with your doctor right away, unless you're having
      other tests.
•    Try to pass all the gas right after the test. Otherwise you may have bloating and
      cramping.
•    After the test you can go back to your normal eating and other activities.

When to Call Your Doctor

Call if you have any of the following after the procedure:

•    Pain in your abdomen
•    Fever
•    Excessive rectal bleeding (slight bleeding or spotting is okay).

Through the scope, the doctor can see the inside of the lower colon and locate problems such as polyps.

 

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