Saturday, April 30, 2011

Risks, side - effects - cimplication of sigmoidoscopy

What are the risks of Flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Flexible sigmoidoscopy is commonly performed and generally safe. However, in order to make an informed decision and give your consent, you need to be aware of the possible side-effects and the risk of complications of this procedure.


These are the unwanted but mostly temporary effects you may get after having the procedure. After the procedure you may have some mild pain and discomfort. You may also have a swollen abdomen. This usually gets better after a few hours and can ease when you pass wind.

If you have had a biopsy or had polyps removed you may have a small amount of bleeding. This usually stops on its own.


This is when problems occur during or after the procedure. Most people aren't affected. Complications specific to sigmoidoscopy are uncommon. Possible complications are listed below. The exact risks will differ for every person, so we haven't included statistics here. Ask your doctor to explain how these risks apply to you.

    * A tear in your bowel - this can happen during the procedure, but it's rare. This can lead to an infection. If you develop a high temperature, severe pain or a swollen abdomen, contact your hospital or your GP as it could mean you have an infection.
    * Bleeding - this is most likely if you have had polyps removed or a biopsy taken. If you have any heavy bleeding or see blood in your faeces, contact your hospital or your GP.
    * Side effects from sedatives - sedatives can occasionally cause problems with your breathing, blood pressure and heart rate. These are usually short lived and quickly treated.

No matter how experienced your doctor is at performing the procedure, it's possible that your procedure might not be completed successfully and may need to be done again.

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