Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

What is a flexible sigmoidoscopy?

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:

  • taking a small tissue sample(biopsies)
  • removal of polyps
  • Haemorrhoids banding

Why should I have a sigmoidoscopy?

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

Pre Admission Form

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:

  • are sensitive (allergic) to any drug or substance
  • are taking blood thinning or diabetic medications
  • have significant heart or lung disease
  • have mobility issues

Get in Touch

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.

  • The Victorian Gut Centre is located at: 119 Plenty Rd, Bundoora VIC 3083
  • Call reception on:   03 9466 8466
  • Parking: The Victorian Gut Centre (Bundoora) provides short term patient drop off/pickup spots at the front doors as well as the rear parking lot. You are welcome to use the parking area on arrival and when your ride returns following your procedure.