Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Procedure in North Houston
What is a flexible sigmoidoscopy?
Flexible sigmoidoscopy is a procedure that can detect underlying gastrointestinal problems that cause symptoms like abdominal pain or frequent diarrhea. Your doctor also may use the procedure to screen for colorectal cancer. During the procedure, your gastroenterologist at Allied Digestive Disease Center uses a sigmoidoscope, a long, flexible tube with a small light and camera at the end, to look into your rectum and lower colon. The camera detects irregularities so your doctor can make a more accurate diagnosis of your digestive problem. Additionally, the camera could be used to help guide your surgeon during an operation to treat certain digestive diseases.
Why is flexible sigmoidoscopy used?
One of our GI providers may recommend using flexible sigmoidoscopy if you experience symptoms of one of the following digestive diseases:
What does flexible sigmoidoscopy involve?
Before your appointment, be sure to discuss any medications you are taking and other concerns with Dr. Adeyefa or another member of our team. We will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for your flexible sigmoidoscopy, including any diet changes as needed.
During the procedure, your doctor will gently use the sigmoidoscope to examine the walls of your colon and rectum. The sigmoidoscope gives your doctor a clear image to spot any abnormalities and possible cancerous growths.
Flexible sigmoidoscopy takes only a short time and you’ll feel little discomfort during the procedure. Most patients feel minor cramping that quickly subsides following your appointment.
What are the benefits of undergoing flexible sigmoidoscopy at Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston?
At Allied Digestive Disease Center, our main goal is to help our patients return to their healthy digestion and prevent future issues. Some of the many benefits of entrusting our team with your flexible sigmoidoscopy procedure include:
- Little discomfort
- Short procedure
- Minimally invasive
- Detects a wide range of digestive health issues
- Can spot precancerous and cancerous lesions early
- Comfortable, compassionate environment
- Little or no downtime
If you are suffering from a digestive issue, visit Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston. Our team strives to provide excellence in gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition services for patients in North Houston and the surrounding areas. We believe quality care begins with a patient-centered approach to diagnosing and treating both minor and chronic GI conditions. Schedule an appointment at our practice today by calling 832.912.4481 or fill out the form on this page.