GI Specialists of Georgia Can Diagnose Intestinal Problems
If you are suffering from intestinal issues such as abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, unordinary bowel movements, chronic diarrhea, or are over the age of 50. A flexible sigmoidoscopy is a valuable diagnostic tool. We use it to look inside your large intestine from the rectum to the sigmoid or descending colon in greater detail. The procedure is highly effective at diagnosing intestinal problems and beginning the process of devising treatment plans for your chronic ailment. GI Specialists of Georgia also uses flexible sigmoidoscopies to screen for colon cancer in adults over the age of 50 who do not have any cancer risks other than age. To learn more about the procedure, you can contact us today or read our handy guide.
What to Expect from a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
We don’t want you to worry about undergoing this procedure, but our specialists do understand the apprehension you might feel. However, it only takes roughly 15 minutes to perform. It is the first giant step toward getting to the source of your symptoms, many of which could have been plaguing you for years. Knowledge is the best defense against fear, so here’s what you can expect from a flexible sigmoidoscopy:
- First, GI Specialists of Georgia might administer a sedative and pain medication through an IV.
- Then, we’ll ask you to lie on your side on an exam table. Most of the time, our specialists ask you to move your knees to your chest.
- Next, our specialist inserts a sigmoidoscope (a soft, flexible tool) into your rectum.
- After inserting the sigmoidoscope, we use the light and tube in the sigmoidoscope to pump air into your colon. As it does, we’re able to gain a clearer view of the colon’s lining.
- In addition to the light and hollow tube, the sigmoidoscope also contains a camera, which allows our doctors to study the inside of your colon.
- If needed, we might take samples or biopsies which performing the procedure.
- After the procedure, you cannot drive – if administered a sedative or IV drip – and you might be bloated, feel cramping or discomfort, and pass gas. Walking might help relieve the pain.
Follow These Instructions if Taking a Tap Water Enema
Depending on the patient, we either prescribe a tap water or fleet enema. Below are the instructions for the tap water enema. It is critical you follow all the instructions found herein, as ignoring steps can put the success of the procedure in jeopardy.
- Seven days before your procedure, please purchase two enema bags from the pharmacy of your choice.
- One day before the flexible sigmoidoscopy, begin a clear liquid diet and stick to it for the entire day.
- On the same day, take one of the enema bags before bedtime.
- On the day of the procedure, remain on the clear liquid diet until three hours before the procedure.
- Take any heart or blood pressure medications with a small sip of water.
- Before leaving the house for the appointment, take the other tap water enema bag.
If We Request a Fleet Enema, Be Sure to Follow Instructions
If we prescribe a fleet enema instead of a tap water enema, then there are procedures you’ll need to follow to ensure the success of the procedure. They are as follows:
- Seven days before the sigmoidoscopy, purchase two fleet enemas and 5mg Dulcolax laxative tablets from any pharmacy.
- One day before your procedure, we ask you to remain on a clear liquid diet for the entire day
- At 6 p.m., please take two Dulcolax tablets
- Before bedtime, use one fleet enema
- On the day of your procedure, remain on the clear liquid diet until three hours before the procedure
- If you take blood pressure or heart medication, do so with a small sip of water.
- Lastly, take the other fleet enema just before you leave.
Schedule an Appointment with GI Specialists of Georgia Today
GI Specialists of Georgia understands the stress accompanying any kind of chronic intestinal ailment. Not only can they be painful, but they can also disrupt your ability to work and socialize as you wish to. We’re here to treat your illness. We do so by embracing the newest technologies and procedures, all while remaining compassionate. We listen to your concerns, and, most importantly, find innovative and effective treatment methods for a variety of gastroenterological illnesses, including irritable bowel syndrome. By utilizing individualized care, we’re able to deliver superior medical services to our Georgia patients. We have nine offices spread throughout the Northern Atlanta area, as well as three locations dedicated to performing endoscopies. To learn more about GI Specialists of Georgia, you can contact us today. A member of our front office staff can answer your questions.