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What is a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy?

Flexible sigmoidoscopy is a way of looking at the lower part of your colon (large bowel) and rectum. The procedure is carried out by someone with special training called an endoscopist. It will take place in a specially designed department called the endoscopy unit.

The endoscopist uses a colonoscope which is a long, slim, flexible instrument. It has a bright light and small lens at its tip. The colonoscope allows the endoscopist to view the inside of your colon and rectum on a video monitor.

The endoscopist can pass a smaller instrument down the colonoscope so that he can take a small sample of your tissue (biopsy) or remove small growths (polyps) from the wall of your colon. This part of the procedure is painless. It is an important part of assessing your condition.

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If you have an appointment on Monday 15, Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 July at York Therapy Department, based at Archways, York, please be aware that the lift is currently out of action.

Services at Archways include MSK Physio, Pelvic Health, Rheumatology and Orthotics.

If you are unable to climb stairs, please contact us on 01904 725424.  Alternatively, to reschedule your appointment you can do so online: www.york.nhs.uk/contact-us/change-your-appointment/

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.