JAG Accredited Private Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
Vista Health is a leading provider of Flexible Sigmoidoscopy services across the UK.
A Flexible Sigmoidoscopy is a procedure used to examine the inside of your back passage and lower part of your bowel. A Sigmoidoscope, a flexible tube with a camera at the end, is used in the test. This is inserted into your back passage to capture pictures of your intestine.
The investigation is used to confirm the presence of any abnormalities and can be used to investigate symptoms such as constipation, changes in bowel behaviour (diarrhea), bleeding from your back passage, anal discharge, and can diagnose conditions such as inflammation, bowel cancer, and polyps.
All our Flexible-Sigmoidoscopy services are JAG Accredited
What can a Flexible-Sigmoidoscopy investigate?
A Flexible-Sigmoidoscopy may be recommended by your doctor if you have a problem with the lower part of your large intestine. Symptoms may include:
- Lower bowel symptoms - bleeding from your rectum, diarrhea, or constipation
- Check on existing bowel conditions such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
- Assessing bowel cancers before surgery
- Managing volvulus, a medical condition in which the intestine twists and becomes obstructed
Some of these symptoms may suggest medical conditions such as colon cancer and rectal cancer.
During a Flexible-Sigmoidoscopy, the Consultant Gastroenterologists will insert a flexible telescope (Endoscope) into your back passage and will blow air into your Colon (large bowel) to allow them to see everything. Inflammation, piles (Hemorrhoids), or polyps will all be checked and biopsies (removing small pieces of tissue) may be taken to help make an accurate diagnosis.
The problem may be caused by a polyp (small growth), which the endoscopist may be able to extract during the procedure.
What happens during a Flexible-Sigmoidoscopy?
Our endoscopy team will walk you through the procedure and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have. Your consultant will be with you the whole time, and the test will be stopped if you feel any discomfort. For the procedure, you will need to change into a gown. Your legs will be tucked up to your chin while you lie on your left side on a bed.
Photographs of the bowel lining are taken during a sigmoidoscopy. If your consultant identifies any anomalies, tissue samples will be taken (biopsies) and will be sent to a lab to be analysed by a pathologist. If polyps are detected in your bowel lining, they can be removed with a wire loop placed down the colonoscope during the operation.
Polyps, ulcers, inflammatory cells, and bowel cancer can all be detected with a sigmoidoscopy in the lower part of your large intestine.
How do I book a Flexible-Sigmoidoscopy procedure with Vista Health?
With a referral
If you have a referral from your GP stating the procedure required, please send the referral to our patient care team at email@example.com.
What if I don't have a referral?
We offer virtual consultations with a highly qualified Endoscopist, who can provide a diagnostic referral if required. We can support you by discussing your symptoms and recommend the best possible plan for your condition.
Fixed Price Flexible-Sigmoidoscopy
An outpatient consultation which lasts between 15-30 minutes typically to discuss the patient's symptoms and create a management plan.
An outpatient consultation which lasts between 45-60 minutes typically to discuss long term or complex gastroenterology conditions with patients.
Follow up consultation
Your consultant may decide, after your initial consultation with us, that its necessary to invite you back for another consultation to review your condition/symptoms.
This price is inclusive of the procedure (including any biopsy/polyp and histology) as well as one post procedure follow up consultation.
Convenient locations in London and across the UK
Vista Health is a leading UK healthcare specialist provider specialising in diagnostic services for the private healthcare market. Helping clinicians and patients to start the health journey sooner.
Why would you need a Flexible-Sigmoidoscopy?
A Flexible-Sigmoidoscopy may be recommended by your doctor to assess what is causing symptoms such as:
Changes in bowel symptoms
Back passage bleeding
Early symptoms of cancer
If you have any questions then please do contact our friendly and knowledgeable Patient Care team on 0333 200 2064 or have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions that may be able to answer any concerns you may have about having a Flexible-Sigmoidoscopy with Vista Health.
We understand that you may wish to discuss this with a family member or a friend before booking an appointment, so we have put together a printable Endoscopy summary sheet for your convenience.
If you do not have Adobe PDF reader installed then you can download it here.
Interested in a Flexible-Sigmoidoscopy?
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