This procedure uses a camera called a Sigmoidoscope to examine the inside of the rectum and lower part of the large bowel.

When is sigmoidoscopy performed?

Typically, it is used to investigate symptoms such as abdominal pain, rectal bleeding or changes to bowel movements. However it is also a method used to screen patients over 50 for rectal and colon cancer.

What happens during the procedure?

During the procedure, patients will be asked to lie on their side with their knees to their chest while the Sigmoidoscope is inserted into the rectum. However, during the procedure carbon dioxide will be released into the lower bowel to allow for expansion, which may cause the sensation of abdominal cramping. Dr Zafar will then slowly remove the Sigmoidoscope and examine the bowel lining and photographs taken by the camera.

What happens next?

After this procedure, Dr Zafar will discuss the results and any further treatment that may be necessary. If there are any abnormalities detected, such as growths or polyps, a biopsy or a complete colon examination may be recommended.

How long does the treatment take?

Overall the procedure will last no more that 10-20 minutes.

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Dr. Zafar Quader
Consultant in Gastroenterology

Dr. Zafar Quader is a consultant Gastroenterologist, with more than 20 years of experience. He completed his medical training and gastroenterology fellowship in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Zafar has been in clinical practice and involved in clinical research in St. Louis, Missouri since 1995 and moved to Dubai in 2015. Dr. Quader provides individualized care to all adult patients with gastrointestinal disorders.

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