Anyone thinking about getting a sigmoidoscopy instead of a colonoscopy?

MatureDJ

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I've had both, and the colonoscopy was much more of a PITA (pun NOT intended) than a sigmoidoscopy. And the evidence seems to say that the colonoscopy doesn't really help with survival rates. When my GI says it's time to get the C, I'm going to tell him I want the S.

 

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Sigmoidoscopy exam:

A flexible sigmoidoscopy (sig-moi-DOS-kuh-pee) is an exam used to evaluate the lower part of the large intestine (colon). During a flexible sigmoidoscopy exam, a thin, flexible tube (sigmoidoscope) is inserted into the rectum
 

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Sigmo was one of the most painful procedures I had underwent.

As its name suggests, it only evaluates the sigmoid colon. It's good for diagnosing ulcerative colitis, but not for colorectal cancer and Crohn's. I see no reason why should you prefer S over C.
 
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