Lower Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

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What is Lower Gastrointestinal Endoscopy?
A Lower GI Endoscopy uses an endoscope, a thin, flexible tube equipped with a light and video camera, to view the inside of the gastrointestinal tract. In this particular examination, both a colonoscopy (an examination of the colon), and a sigmoidoscopy (an examination of the sigmoid portion of the colon) are performed. The examination is performed by a physician specially trained to perform the examination and interpret the results.

REASONS FOR TEST

Lower GI Endoscopy may be recommended if you have:

  • Pain in your Abdomen
  • Fever
  • Rectal Bleeding


Lower Gastrointestinal Endoscopy may be recommended if you have:

  • A Lower GI Endoscopy is most commonly used when Gastrointestinal Problems such as unexplained bleeding or persistent changes in bowel habits are symptoms.
  • It can Diagnose colitis - colon inflammation - and, in some cases, detect colon or rectal cancer.
  • This type of examination can also be used to take samples of tissue and to examine or even remove polyps from the wall of the bowels.


PROCEDURE FOR LOWER GASTROINTESTINAL ENDOSCOPY

Follow these and any other instructions you are given before your endoscopy. If you don’t follow the doctor’s instructions carefully, the test may need to be cancelled or done over.

  • Colonoscopy can take 30 minutes or longer. Sigmoidoscopy often takes less than 15 minutes.
  • Take any laxatives that are prescribed for you. An enema may also be prescribed.
  • For colonoscopy, you are given sedating (relaxing) medication through an IV (intravenous) line. Sigmoidoscopy usually doesn’t require sedation.
  • The endoscope is inserted into your rectum. You may feel pressure and cramping. If you feel pain, tell your doctor or nurse. You may receive more sedation or some pain medication.
  • The endoscope carries images of your colon to a video screen. Prints of the image may be taken as a record of your exam.
  • When the procedure is done, you rest for a time. If you have been sedated, you must have an adult drive you home.


PREPARATION FOR LOWER GASTROINTESTINAL ENDOSCOPY

Follow these and any other instructions you are given before your endoscopy. If you don’t follow the doctor’s instructions carefully, the test may need to be cancelled or done over.

  • For a colonoscopy, you may be told not to eat and to drink only clear liquids for 1 to 2 days before the exam.
  • Take any laxatives that are prescribed for you. An enema may also be prescribed.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you home after the exam if you will be sedated.
  • Tell your health care provider before the exam if you are taking any medications or have any medical problems.
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