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A flexible sigmoidoscopy allows your doctor to look inside your rectum and lower part of your bowel. He or she will do this using a narrow, flexible, tube-like video camera called a sigmoidoscope.

​If your consultant finds polyps during your flexible sigmoidoscopy, he or she may remove them or take a biopsy. A biopsy is a small sample of tissue. This will be sent to a laboratory for testing to determine the type of cells and if they are benign or malignant (cancerous).

​A flexible sigmoidoscopy is very accurate at detecting polyps and cancer in certain areas of your bowel. There is evidence to show that using it for screening and polyp removal reduces the number of people who develop bowel cancer.

​For Sigmoidoscopy a referral is required. This can come from, our gastroenterology service, our private GP or a consultant or GP you have previously seen regarding your symptoms.

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Self Pay

We understand that immediate access to healthcare is sometimes essential. With our self-pay service, there are no waiting lists. Within 24 hours, you will be offered a consultation date to see a medical professional that is convenient for you. Our expert team can then give you an assessment and treatment within 1 week of your consultation.

Your consultation and any tests, scans or investigations will be charged separately, however all of these costs will be quoted to you before anything commences and you are under no obligation to continue your treatment with us unless you are happy to do so.

To find a full overview of our services and prices, please visit our Prices page.

Medical Insurance

If you are paying for your procedure or treatment with medical insurance, you will need to liaise closely with the insurance provider throughout the process.

​​Before attending your first appointment, you should contact your insurance company to check that that your condition is covered for all stages of treatments.​

You will need to visit your GP and ask them to refer you to The LivingCare Group at Thorpe Park Clinic for a private procedure. Your GP will write a letter of referral and then either you or your GP can contact us to arrange your first appointment.

Sigmoidoscopy FAQs

Why you may need a flexible sigmoidoscopy?

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Before your Sigmoidoscopy

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