Sigmoidoscopy in India

Hospitals, clinics and medical centers in India performing Sigmoidoscopy.
Nova Medical Center Kailash Colony Contact Nova Medical Center Kailash Colony
Medical Center, New Delhi, India
A modern surgery center, opened in 2010, specializing in elective surgeries. Medical procedures carriedout at the center include general surgery, urology, pediatrics, orthopedics, oncology, plastic and cosmetic surgery, ophthalmology, pain management.
Sigmoidoscopyupon request
Columbia Asia Hospital - Palam Vihar Contact Columbia Asia Hospital - Palam Vihar
Private Hospital, Gurgaon, India
NABH AccreditationNABH Accreditation
A modern 100 bed hospital opened in 2008, located in Gurgaon, outside of New Delhi.The hospital is a part of the Columbia Asia Group, which has an international patients office able to assist foreign patients with all aspects of medical travel.
Sigmoidoscopyupon request
Fortis Vasant Kunj Contact Fortis Vasant Kunj
Private Hospital, New Delhi, India
NABH AccreditationNABH Accreditation
Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital is a Centre of Excellence for Cardiac Sciences, Renal Sciences, Diabetology, Pulmonology and Thoracic Sciences and a specialty center for Joint Replacement, Genito-urinary, Cosmetic Surgery and Dental care.
Sigmoidoscopyupon request
Fortis Mohali Hospital Contact Fortis Mohali Hospital
Private Hospital, Mohali, India
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation   NABH AccreditationNABH Accreditation
A JCI accredited hospital, and one of the region’s leading multi-speciality hospitals, with a super-speciality in Heart.
Sigmoidoscopyupon request
Narayana Hrudayalaya Health City Contact Narayana Hrudayalaya Health City
Private Hospital, Bangalore, India
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation   NABH AccreditationNABH Accreditation
A conglomeration of hospitals in one campus, including: the Sparsh Hospital for Orthopedics & Trauma, the Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center, the Narayana Hrudayalaya Heart Hospital, the Narayana Nethralaya Eye Hospital, as well as a full fledged multi specialty hospital.
Sigmoidoscopyupon request
Sevenhills Hospital Contact Sevenhills Hospital
Private Hospital, Mumbai, India
Sigmoidoscopyupon request
Moolchand Medcity Contact Moolchand Medcity
Trust Hospital, New Delhi, India
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation   NABH AccreditationNABH Accreditation
Trust based hospital that treats around 7,000 international patients a year. India's first JCI and comprehensive NABH accredited hospital.
Sigmoidoscopyupon request
Fortis Malar Hospital Contact Fortis Malar Hospital
Private Hospital, Chennai, India
NABH AccreditationNABH Accreditation
One of the largest private hospitals in Chennai, containining five specialty centres: Heart Institute, Institute for Renal Sciences, Specialty Centre for Joints, OBG and Gynecology centre and a Diabetes centre.
Sigmoidoscopyupon request
Apollo Gleneagles Hospital Contact Apollo Gleneagles Hospital
Private Hospital, Kolkata, India
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
The Apollo Gleneagles Hospital is a medical institution in Kolkata, India. It is an affiliate of Apollo Hospitals, the largest private hospital group in Asia. It provides medical services to both local and international patients.
Sigmoidoscopyupon request
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About Sigmoidoscopy

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.
What is Sigmoidoscopy?
The examination of the large intestine, from the rectum to the colon using an instrument known as a sigmoidoscope is called sigmoidoscopy. The sigmoidoscope is a flexible tube with a camera and light attached to it. This transmits images from the large intestine which can be viewed though an eyepiece or a monitor. Sigmoidoscopy is used to diagnose colon cancer. It also helps to investigate symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhea and bleeding. Diagnosis of bowel obstruction, diverticulosis, colon polyps and inflammatory bowel disease can be done with the help of a sigmoidoscopy. During a sigmoidoscopy, abnormal growths can be removed and biopsy can also be conducted.

What are the different types of sigmoidoscopy?
The different types of sigmoidoscopy are:
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
    In flexible sigmoidoscopy, the sigmoidoscope is flexible and is approximately 2.3 feet long and 0.5 inches wide. It enables a thorough view of bends in the lower colon.
  • Rigid Sigmoidoscopy
    Rigid sigmoidoscopy is rarely used. In this procedure the sigmoidoscope is 10 to 12 inches long and 1 inch wide. It enables the doctor to view the rectum and lower colon, however, it does not reach as far as the flexible sigmoidoscope.

How is a sigmoidoscopy performed?
This procedure is performed by a gastroenterologist or a surgeon. You will need to lie on your left side. Your knees need to be drawn up to your chest. First, a digital rectal exam is performed in which the doctor checks for blockage in the rectum and dilates the anus. Then, a sigmoidoscope is inserted into the rectum. To enable better view, air is passed into the colon through the sigmoidoscope. You may feel a need to have a bowel movement during this time. The sigmoidoscope passes up to the sigmoid colon. As the scope is slowly withdrawn the bowel lining is examined carefully. Forceps are passed through the hollow channel of the sigmoidoscope that enables biopsies to be taken.

How to prepare for a sigmoidoscopy?
  • Your colon needs to be emptied by using enemas and/or laxatives before the sigmoidoscopy. The bowel needs to be empty of stool.
  • You may also be required to be on a liquid diet since 1 or 2 days prior to the sigmoidoscopy.
  • You will need to take enema 1 hour prior to the procedure to clear the intestine thoroughly.

Duration of procedure/surgery:
10 to 20 minutes

Days admitted:
None. Sigmoidoscopy is usually done on an outpatient basis.


- After the sigmoidoscopy, you may feel cramping and bloating due to the air that was passed into your intestine. - Slight rectal bleeding is possible due to the irritation from the sigmoidoscope insertion. - You can go home after the procedure, unless the doctor gives special orders for any procedures to be performed after the sigmoidoscopy.

Rare possibilities of complications in a sigmoidoscopy may include: - Perforation of the bowel - Bleeding - Abdominal pain - Infection

After care:
You should inform the doctor if you have the following symptoms: - Severe pain in the abdomen - Heavy bleeding - Nausea - Vomiting

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