Sigmoid Preparation Instructions
Preparing for Your Procedure at WTMF in Fremont
A sigmoidoscopy allows your doctor to examine the sigmoid colon for colon
and rectal cancer. This exam involves a narrow, flexible tube inserted
through the anus. Your doctor will ask you to clean out your colon prior
to a flexible sigmoidoscopy exam.
Some of the instructions your doctor may ask you to observe include the
Observe a special diet the day before your appointment – In most cases, your doctor will ask you not to eat the day before
you get your exam. You must only drink clear liquids such as plain water,
carbonated beverages, and broth. Coffee and tea are allowed but must be
consumed black. Once you reach midnight the night before your exam, you
will be asked not to eat or drink anything.
Take a laxative pill / liquid – Your doctor may ask you to take a laxative in pill or liquid form
the night before your sigmoidoscopy exam.
Buy and use an over-the-counter enema kit – Your doctor may ask you to use an over-the-counter enema kit the
night before your scheduled exam or a few hours prior to the exam in order
to clean out your colon; or you may be asked to take two enemas the morning
of the exam before arriving for your appointment.
Tell your doctor about your medications – Your doctor may ask you to adjust your medications and / or dosages
prior to a sigmoidoscopy. This includes medications for diabetes, blood
thinners, and iron supplements.