Preparation for rectoscopic or sigmoidoscopic examination

Preparing for Rectoscopic or Sigmoidoscopic Examination

A rectoscopic or sigmoidoscopic examination is a procedure used to diagnose and treat certain gastrointestinal issues. It involves inserting a slim, lighted tube called a proctoscope into your rectum or the lower part of your large intestine to look for polyps, growths, or other abnormalities.

Preparing yourself for the procedure is essential. Here are some tips:

  • Eat a Light Meal: Avoid heavy meals for a few hours before the examination. Eating light helps make the process easier and more comfortable.
  • Take a Shower: It’s important to have a clean rectum and anus prior to the procedure. Have a warm shower before the exam to guarantee the area is clean.
  • Do Not Eat Solid Foods: Eating solid foods for about 24 hours before the exam can cause an obstruction in the rectum.
  • Avoid Caffeinated Beverages: Avoid caffeine containing beverages and alcohols for 24 hours prior to the exam.
  • Stay Hydrated: To ensure that the proctoscope can be slid smoothly and easily, drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Medications: Talk to your doctor about your medications. Some may need to be stopped before the exam.

Following these tips helps ensure that your rectoscopic or sigmoidoscopic examination goes as smoothly and comfortably as possible. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure.