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For patients who suffer from certain gastronomical conditions, pain or discomfort, a sigmoidoscopy can help Dr. Michael Flicker, Dr. Carl Atallah and Dr. Daniel Berger identify their symptoms.

What steps are involved in a sigmoidoscopy?

Before a sigmoidoscopy in Chicago, Illinois, patients can call or come into Advanced G.I. LLC to receive instructions on how to prepare for the procedure. This may include taking laxatives or enemas and limiting diet or medications.

At the appointment, a small, flexible tube (called a sigmoidoscope) is inserted into the rectal opening and up through the lower portion of the colon. Our gastroenterologists will search for signs of abnormal or cancerous tissue, frequently seen as “polyps” on the walls of the intestine. These polyps may be removed, or an additional colonoscopy may be recommended.

After the exam, a patient may experience mild bloating or discomfort. Patients should be able to resume normal activity immediately after the exam. If you experience a high fiver or continuing, severe abdominal pain, seek medical care.

What is the difference between a sigmoidoscopy and a colonoscopy?

While a colonoscopy examines the entire colon, a sigmoidoscopy only examines the lowermost portion (the sigmoid colon) and the rectum. Overall, the exam is less invasive, takes less time and often does not require sedation — allowing the patient to drive themselves home. However, because it is less invasive, it is also recommended every five years instead of ten. To find out which works best for you, meet with our gastroenterologists at Advanced G.I. LLC and phone 773-598-5588 for a consultation!