Board-certified gastroenterologist and internal medicine physician, Daniel Reich, MD, is dedicated to helping his patients get the right diagnosis, so they can get the best treatment to relieve their gastrointestinal symptoms. To help get the answers his patients need, Dr. Reich performs many advanced diagnostic tests, including a sigmoidoscopy. To get the answers and treatment you need, contact his office in Forest Hills, Queens, in New York City by phone or online today to schedule a consultation.
A sigmoidoscopy, also referred to as flexible sigmoidoscopy, is a diagnostic procedure that allows Dr. Reich to closely examine the lining of your rectum and sigmoid colon, which is the last portion of your large intestines, using a flexible tube equipped with a light and camera.
The camera generates live action video of your gastrointestinal tissue that Dr. Reich can see on a computer screen.
Dr. Reich may recommend a sigmoidoscopy if you’re experiencing various gastrointestinal symptoms, such as rectal pain, bloody stools, or a change in bowel habits.
The diagnostic test helps him confirm or rule out a suspected cause, such as ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, or cancer.
He may also suggest a sigmoidoscopy to screen for colon cancer. However, because the sigmoidoscopy only evaluates the lower portion of your large intestines, it may not be as comprehensive for colon cancer screening as a colonoscopy.
The test is less invasive and takes less time than a colonoscopy and may be preferred by some patients.
Dr. Reich provides specific instructions on how you need to prepare for your sigmoidoscopy. Your preparation may include enemas, laxatives, and diet modifications prior to your diagnostic procedure, which are needed to clear out your rectum and sigmoid colon of stool and debris, so Dr. Reich can closely evaluate your tissue.
Unlike a colonoscopy, sedation and pain medication aren’t usually needed for a sigmoidoscopy. During the test, Dr. Reich has you lie on your side on an exam table with your knees bent toward your chest. He then inserts the sigmoidoscope into your anus and slowly moves it through your sigmoid colon.
The entire test only takes 10-15 minutes, and you may feel some pressure, bloating, or cramping during the test. However, most patients tolerate the sigmoidoscopy.
If Dr. Reich finds any abnormal tissue during the procedure, he may perform a biopsy, so he can send the tissue to the lab for evaluation. After you’ve completed your sigmoidoscopy, Dr. Reich reviews his findings with you.
Because sedatives aren’t needed for a sigmoidoscopy, you can resume your usual activities after the completion of your test.
To schedule an appointment and get answers to your gastrointestinal concerns, call the office of Daniel Reich MD, or click the online booking button today.