Sigmoidoscopy

(Examination of the Lower Colon and Rectum)

Summary

A sigmoidoscopy is an examination of the final portion of the bowel that is joined to the rectum. A sigmoidoscope is a small tube with an attached light source about the thickness of your finger. Your consultant inserts the sigmoidoscope into the anus and pushes it slowly into the rectum and sigmoid colon. This allows the doctor or nurse to see the lining of the rectum and sigmoid colon. The procedure is not usually painful but it may be a little uncomfortable. Sigmoidoscopy can be used to investigate the cause of bleeding or pain from the back passage. Your consultant may also suggest this test if you have various other bowel-related symptoms. The test can also look for evidence of cancer or inflammation of the rectum and lower colon. Sigmoidoscopy can also be used to remove polyps (small fleshy growths that can be found in the colon) and take samples of tissue (biopsy) for analysis. This is done by passing a thin grabbing instrument down a side channel of the sigmoidoscope.

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require. If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the best consultant for you to see. For more information, call our Reservations team on +44 (0) 1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk. .

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself. If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf. If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests). Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further. If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital. Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

  • Prices

    The table below shows the approximate price for this treatment, which may vary depending on your individual case (see what’s included below).

    Patient pathway Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post-discharge care Guide Price
    Hospital fees n\a £1,200 Included £1,200
    Guide price Nil £1,200 Nil £1,200
  • What’s Included

    The fixed price package above includes all the costs associated with this treatment at KIMS Hospital. You will be given a quote prior to admission to confirm this cost. The amount you are quoted may differ from the published price for a number of reasons:

    • The Consultant you choose
    • Your medical history and whether you have any associated medical conditions which may impact this treatment
    • The type of anaesthetic your Consultant advises is best for you
    • The type of implant or drug you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you

    In some cases, if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions, it may not be possible to provide you with a fixed price for your Main Treatment. If this is the case, the hospital will discuss the available options with you. Your quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

A Sigmoidoscopy takes around 20 minutes to perform and is carried out in the endoscopy suite. Usually you do not need an anaesthetic or sedation. You wear a hospital gown so that the lower half of your body is exposed. You will be asked to lie on your left side with your knees drawn up toward your chest. During the procedure a long flexible tube with a bright light and a tiny camera on the end is inserted through your back passage to allow your consultant to get a view of the rectum and sigmoid colon. During the test, if the consultant sees anything that needs further investigation, photographs and samples (biopsies) can be taken. Simple polyps can also be quickly removed during the procedure. Immediately after the procedure you will be informed of the results and if any polyps were removed or biopsies taken for further testing. You consultant will then arrange a consultation with you to go through these results. To find out more: If you would like to come to KIMS contact our Reservations team on +44 (0)1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk

Our Consultants

  • Mr Simon Bailey

    BSc (Hons) MB BS (London) MSc MRCS FRCS (Gen Surg)

    • Colonoscopy
    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
    • Haemorrhoid Treatment (HALO Procedure)
    • Haemorrhoidectomy
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair
    • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Mr Haythem Ali

    MBchB FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Gen) MD Lon

    • Anti-reflux surgery
    • Colonoscopy
    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
    • Haemorrhoidectomy
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair
    • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Professor Henk Wegstapel

    MD, FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Gen Surg)

    • Colonoscopy
    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
    • Gastroscopy or Endoscopy
    • Haemorrhoidectomy
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair
    • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Mr William Garrett

    Mr William Garrett

    MBBS  BSc  FRCS (Eng)  FRCS (Gen Surg)

    • Colonoscopy
    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
    • Gastroscopy or Endoscopy
    • Inguinal Hernia Repair
    • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Mr Neil Kukreja

    MBBS, MSc FRCS

    • Colonoscopy
    • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy)
    • Gastroscopy or Endoscopy
    • Haemorrhoid Treatment (HALO Procedure)
    • Haemorrhoidectomy
    • Sigmoidoscopy