Published: Aug. 1, 2007
Updated: Aug. 22, 2011
Your colon must be empty for us to perform the examination. Please read the following instructions at least 10 days before your procedure so you can be adequately prepared for this exam.
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What is a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy?
This is a test that allows the doctor to check the lower portion of your bowel (colon). A short flexible tube (flex sig scope) will be inserted into your rectum and passed through about 12 inches of your colon. Additional procedures may be performed such as taking tissue samples (biopsies) and removing polyps.
What should my health care professional know before I have this test/procedure done?
Where is this done?
Duke Clinic 2H, GI Endoscopy Unit
Do I need to have someone drive me home afterward?
If you are able to drive yourself to the procedure, you should be able to drive yourself home.
Do I need to do anything to get ready for this test?
Ten days before the procedure:
Seven days before the procedure:
Day of the procedure:
What happens during the procedure?
What happens after the procedure?
Call your doctor if any of these things happen to you.
How will I get the results of this test?
Please contact the doctor who ordered your procedure to obtain your test results.
This article is intended as a resource for patients receiving their cancer care at Duke University Hospital or Duke Clinic. It is not intended to substitute for medical advice from your health care team. If your doctor’s instructions differ from the information in this article, please talk with your doctor before making any changes.