Flexible Sigmoidscopy


Flexible sigmoidoscopy is a procedure used to see inside the sigmoid colon and the rectum. The colon is comprised of three separate parts; the sigmoid colon is the last of these three. Flexible sigmoidoscopy is used to detect inflamed tissue, abnormal growth, and ulcers in the sigmoid colon and rectum. It can also help detect early signs of cancer and diagnose changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss and bleeding from the anus.

Through flexible signoidoscopy, Dr. Saracino is able to remove growths, called polyps, using special tools that are passed through the scope. These polyps are harmless and usually only occur in adults, but most colon cancer begins as a polyp, which is why early detection and removal by flexible sigmoidoscopy is so important.

Removal of abnormal-looking tissue is also possible with flexible sigmoidoscopy. The ability to conduct this biopsy helps to diagnose the tissue if it presents signs of disease. The procedure only takes about 10-30 minutes and recovery time is only about half an hour after the procedure is complete. Complications are not expected after the procedure, but cramping or bloating may occur during the first hour immediately following the procedure.


Dr. Joseph Saracino, MD
2602 N. Herritage Street
Kinston, NC 28501
Phone: 252-242-1005

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