Sigmoidoscopy

What is a flexible sigmoidoscopy?

A flexible sigmoidoscopy is a procedure to look at the inside of the left, lower part of the colon (large bowel) using a flexible telescope (see figure 1).

Sigmoidoscopy 

Sometimes a polyp is the cause of the problem and the endoscopist may be able to remove it during the procedure.

Are there any alternatives to a flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Other options include a colonoscopy, a barium enema (an x-ray test of the large bowel) or a CT colography (a special scan of the large bowel).

What does the procedure involve?

A flexible sigmoidoscopy usually takes between a quarter of an hour and twenty minutes. The procedure involves placing a flexible telescope (endoscope) into the back passage and blowing some air into your large bowel to get a clear view. The endoscopist will be able to look for problems such as inflammation or polyps. They will be able to perform biopsies and take photographs to help make the diagnosis.

What complications can happen?

  • Allergic reaction
  • Breathing difficulties or heart irregularities
  • Making a hole in the colon
  • Bleeding
  • Incomplete procedure

How soon will I recover?

If you were given sedation, you will normally recover in about an hour. You may feel a bit bloated for a few hours but this will pass.

A member of the team will tell you what was found during the flexible sigmoidoscopy and will discuss with you any treatment or follow-up you need.

You should be able to go back to work the day after the flexible sigmoidoscopy.

Sigmoidoscopy summary

A flexible sigmoidoscopy is usually a safe and effective way of finding out if you have a problem with the lower part of your large bowel.

Paying for your procedure

Flexible sigmoidoscopy costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the procedure will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the procedure. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.

Acknowledgements

Author: Mr Simon Parsons DM FRCS (Gen. Surg.)

Illustrations: Medical Illustration Copyright © 2007 Nucleus Medical Art. All rights reserved.

Copyright © 2008 EIDO Healthcare Limited   The operation and treatment information on this website is produced by EIDO Healthcare Ltd and is licensed by BMI Healthcare. The intellectual property rights to the information belong exclusively to EIDO Healthcare Limited. You may not copy, print out, download or otherwise reproduce any of the information other than for your personal, non-commercial use. The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

Pricing

Colonoscopy with polyp removal

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £2,415 Included £2,415
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £2,615
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Diagnostic investigations
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees N/A
Main treatment
Hospital fees £2,415
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £2,615

Exam of lower bowel / rectum

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £1,245 Included £1,245
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £1,445
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Diagnostic investigations
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees N/A
Main treatment
Hospital fees £1,245
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £1,445

Terms & Conditions

Treatment prices displayed are a guide for initial consultation, and a guide price for our fixed price packages which include pre-assessment, procedure and aftercare. Your Consultant will be able to discuss costs in greater detail at your consultation, after which a quote of your fixed price package will be provided [which is subject to results of any pre-assessment tests]. Prices can be subject to change.

For more information please refer to our terms and conditions (large print version).

Want to look at other treatments? or find it on the A-Z list.