Your health care provider needs to look at your rectum and lower part of your colon for any concerns.
A sigmoidoscopy is a procedure where the doctor inserts a thin flexible tube (endoscope) into your rectum and through the sigmoid to examine the lining of your lower colon. The images picked up by the scope are put on a TV screen for the doctor to look for any problems. Sometimes colon tissue samples and/or polyps are removed to check for further concerns and to prevent colon cancer.
Most people have no discomfort. We offer two types of sedation: Conscious and Heavy Sedation. Both sedations work very quickly through an IV (intravenous) in your arm and both wear off very quickly.
Conscious/moderate sedation means that a medication is given through the catheter (tube) inserted into your vein. This medication may help you feel relaxed, sleepy and will lessen your discomfort. You may be able to respond to the staff and follow directions. You may not remember the procedure.
Heavy sedation means medication is given through a catheter (tube) inserted into your vein. An anesthesiologist will administer the medications. This medication will make you calm, ease your pain, and put you to sleep. You will not remember the procedure.
STOP all iron, NSAIDs- Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (Ibuprofen, Motrin, etc), and blood thinners (Coumadin, Plavix, Aggrenox, etc.). Tylenol is ok.
DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING UNTIL AFTER YOUR VISIT.
DIABETICS: DO NOT take your diabetic pills this morning, but please DO test your blood sugar.
Please arrive 5112 West Taft Rd., Suite E. Check with your doctor for the time you should arrive
Please feel free to call us a (315) 410-7400 with any question or concerns.