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Anyone Had A Sigmoidoscopy Thru The Stoma

Posted by Gemd, on Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:43 pm

I was going to have an endoscopy to look for polyps in everywhere digestion related plus a colonoscopy but o reminded the dr I dont even have a nanometer of colon left. So they switched to flexible sigmoidoscopy through my stoma.


I've never heard of such a thing and I dont know if the scope will fit in my stoma? Will it hurt? Will I be awake and feeling it? Will it bleed after? Whats the sigmoidoscopy see? As I want to make sure there's no polyps anywhere in my whole system. 


I would ask my dr/surgeon but he is in clinic all week and the actual sigmoid dr says ask your dr/surgeon. And the nurse kist says see the paperwork I sent. Except its paperwork for colonoscopy and endoscopy.




Reply by Raine061, on Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:21 am

I had a scope in December through my stoma.  I was sedated as usual,  no side affects afterward.  The prep was a little strange since I was used to spending half the night on the toilet prior to my stoma and this time I was emptying all night...

I'm sure you'll do well.  Hope you get good results.

Reply by Pabs72, on Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:20 pm

Hi, I had it done without any sedative at all. It was completely pain free and I watched the whole process on screen. They removed six polyps and I had no pain or discomfort afterwards. 

Just a word of caution - I irrigate every other day and discovered that even after irrigating the day after my appointment - i still had heavy output once my digestive system kicked back in! It was quite a surprise! LOL! 

Reply by panther, on Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:44 pm

Yes I have one every year it's completely painless, it's the only scope I look forward to lol....if they remove any polyps you may bleed a bit but you don't always bleed afterwards 

Reply by Gemd, on Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:13 pm

I will likely be  full of polyps but I sure hope not. I do hope I am anesthicized just cause medical stuff creeps me out. . The dr says it's a sigmoidoscopy but I lack a sigmoid colon. I think they mean ileoscopy? I dont want them thinking they're finding colon and somehow damage me. So I will try and clarify with the surgeon and nurses. I guess I fast a  bit before...scope is at 8am so they said have lunch the day before then liquid dinner. As of course the dont want waste inside me so they can see better, but I always have some output. When I had the stomach flu I just kinda had bile/intestinal juices come out but it was still like, well, watery poop.

Reply by ChrisP, on Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:29 am

I've had regular colonoscopies through the stoma, and yes - it's weird but painless. You have to be tactful though - it took me a few minutes to realise I was the only person cracking jokes in the waiting room beforehand: people having theirs done the normal way didn't seem to feel like joking at all!

Good luck - I hope none of your fears are realised! Chris

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