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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

A flexible sigmoidoscopy is a procedure that looks specifically at the inside of the left lower part of the colon using a flexible telescope. 

An x-ray or CT colography of the area on some occasions may detect the problem, however in most cases surgery is the only option. 

The procedure will take approximately an hour and a half and involves placing a flexible telescope into the anus.

Air is then blown into the large bowel so your consultant can have a clear view of the problem area. Your surgeon will then look for problems such as inflammation or polyps. A biopsy will also be performed at the same time if necessary to detect the problem. 

If you have received sedation during the procedure it will usually take a couple of hours to recover with many going back to work the day after the operation. 

Before you leave the hospital the findings will be discussed and a follow up plan of action put in place if necessary.

This procedure will normally be covered by the medical insurance policy but patients are advised to check with the provider prior to any treatment.

If you are paying for your own treatment all costs will be discussed and explained prior to any treatment taking place. This will be confirmed in writing along with any surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees and hospital charges prior to admission.


The Sefton Suite
Aintree University Hospital
Lower Lane
L9 7AL
Telephone: 0151 330 6551