A flexible sigmoidoscopy evaluates the lower part of the large intestine (colon) and rectum using a fibre optic scope under anaesthetic sedation.
When necessary, a number of procedures might also be carried out. These procedures may include:
A flexible sigmoidoscopy exam can help your doctor explore possible causes of abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, changes in bowel habits, chronic diarrhea and other intestinal problems.
Sigmoidoscopy may occasionally be preferred over a colonoscopy as a full oral bowel preparation is not required, using an enema on the day of the procedure instead to clear the lower bowel & rectum.
The only requirement for sigmoidoscopy is to be fasted for food 6 hours and clear fluids 2 hours. An enema will usually be given prior to the procedure
It is important to fill out your Pre Admission Form on time(at least a week prior to your procedure). Please contact us if you have any of the following:
The Victorian Gut Centre is conveniently located on 119 Plenty Road, Bundoora. Our facility is easily accessible via public transport with Tram 86 stopping across the road. We have dedicated pick-up and drop-off parking spots, free of charge.