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What is a flexible sigmoidoscopy?
Why have a sigmoidoscopy?
What are the risks?
What are you responsible for?
You are less at risk of problems if you do the following:
- Follow the bowel preparation instructions carefully.
Bring a list of all prescribed, over the counter and herbal medication you take.
Bring any relevant x-rays.
Do not drink any alcohol and/or take recreational drugs 24 hours before the procedure.
Please ensure you make arrangements for someone to drive you home after the procedure. It is not safe to drive until the following day after having sedation or an anaesthetic.
What happens after the sigmoidoscopy?
Do NOT drive any type of vehicle or operate machinery until the next day.
Do NOT drink alcohol and/or take other recreational drugs. They may react with the sedation drugs.
Do NOT make important decisions or sign a legal document for the first 24 hours.
Have an adult with you on the first night after your sigmoidoscopy.
Notify Dr Walker’s rooms on 5574 6133 during working hours or the hospital Emergency Department straight away if you have:
• severe ongoing abdominal pain.
• black tarry motions or bleeding from the back passage.
• a fever.
What if I don’t have the procedure?
Are there other tests I can have instead?
There are other tests that can be done, such as a:
Double contrast barium enema (an x-ray test).
CT Colonoscopy (an x-ray test). A sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy will still be required if some pathology is found.
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Gold Coast Private Hospital
Suite 8, Ground Floor
14 Hill Street, Southport QLD 4215
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