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Sigmoidoscopy

This procedure is used to examine the rectum and lower colon (sigmoid colon).  The viewing instrument, a sigmoidoscope, is 60 cm. long and the thickness of a finger.  It is inserted through the anus and slowly worked through the rectum and into the lower colon.  This procedure is a simple method for evaluating the cause of rectal bleeding, change in bowel habits, rectal pain and diarrhea.  Sigmoidoscopy can also be used to perform biopsies (removal of tissue samples) for polyp removal and cancer screening.

Before the procedure, the bowel and rectum must be clear of fecal matter.  Therefore, the physician may prescribe a liquid diet and a few cleansing enemas.  A laxative may also be necessary to remove any additional fecal matter.  You should inform your physician of any medications you are taking, and if you have heart valve abnormalities or hip/knee prostheses.  In these cases, antibiotics may be needed before the procedure in order to avoid infection.

During the procedure, the patient will feel only mild discomfort including bloating, pressure and cramping.  While lying on his/her left side, the sigmoidoscope will be inserted into the rectum and lower colon.  A view of these organs will be shown on a TV monitor.  The physician will carefully examine the lining of the colon and rectum when retracting the sigmoidoscope.  The procedure lasts 5-15 mins. 

Complication are very rare but include perforation of the colon lining, which requires surgery to repair, and bleeding from the site of biopsy.  If you experience any of the following side effects you should contact your physician immediately: severe abdominal pain, fever, chills or rectal bleeding.

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A premier site for the diagnosis, treatment and management Gastrointestinal diseases, Drs. Tenner and Baradarian provide a variety of Patient Services.
Drs. Tenner and Baradarian are Board Certified Gastroenterologists performing a variety of tests and procedures at their private offices and at Maimonides Medical Center.
We perform many tests & procedure, including: Barium Enema Barium Esophagram Capsule Endoscopy Colonoscopy Colon Cancer Screening EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) Endoscopic Ultrasound ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography) Esophageal Dilation Esophageal pH Fundoplication Hemorrhoid Banding Hemorrhoidectomy Lactose Tolerance Test Liver Biopsy PEG (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy) Sigmoidoscopy Stool Acidity Test Upper GI Series
BrooklynGI.com with offices in New York City Brooklyn Queens and Manhattan. Treating patients from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. is dedicated to helping patients and physicians receive accurate and up-to-date information on the Gastrointestinal tract (GI Tract) The organs that compose the GI tract include, Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine, Large Intestine (Colon), Pancreas and the Liver and Gall Bladder (Hepato-Biliary Tree) Dr. Scott Tenner. Physicians include Dr. Scott Tenner Dr. Robin Baradarian Dr. Susan Ramdhaney Dr. Nison Badalov.
Gastrointestinal GI diseases and conditions including Achalasia Private Practice at 2211 Emmons Ave. Other locations include Maimonides Medical Center 1025 48th Street, Beth Israel Medical Center at KD3201 Kings Highway, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Ctr at 585 Schenectady Ave, Brookdale Hospital at One Brookdale Plaza, and Kings Highway Hospital at 2525 Kings Highway
Barrett's Esophagus Chronic Hepatitis Cirrhosis of the liver Celiac disease Collagenous Colitis Colorectal cancer Colorectal polyps Constipation Crohn's disease Diverticulosis And Diverticulitis Fatty liver (Steatohepatitis) Gallstones Gas Gastritis Gastric Cancer GERD Helicobacter pylori infection Hemochromatosis Hemorrhoids Hepatitis (Viral Hepatitis A, B, C etc) Hiatus Hernia Irritable Bowel Syndrome Lactose Intolerance Liver failure and transplantation Lymphocytic Colitis Microscopic Colitis Esophageal Cancer Pancreatitis Peptic Ulcer Primary biliary cirrhosis Reflux esophagitis Ulcerative colitis
A premier site for the diagnosis, treatment and management Gastrointestinal diseases, Drs. Tenner and Baradarian provide a variety of Patient Services.
Drs. Tenner and Baradarian are Board Certified Gastroenterologists performing a variety of tests and procedures at their private offices and at Maimonides Medical Center.
We perform many tests & procedure, including: Barium Enema Barium Esophagram Capsule Endoscopy Colonoscopy Colon Cancer Screening EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) Endoscopic Ultrasound ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography) Esophageal Dilation Esophageal pH Fundoplication Hemorrhoid Banding Hemorrhoidectomy Lactose Tolerance Test Liver Biopsy PEG (Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy) Sigmoidoscopy Stool Acidity Test Upper GI Series

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