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During the Procedure
After the Procedure
After the procedure, you may experience mild abdominal cramping and gas as a result of the air that was placed in your intestine. Some people may have slight rectal bleeding due to minor irritation and trauma from the insertion of the sigmoidoscope.
When to Seek Medical Care
You should notify the doctor if you experience severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or heavy bleeding after a sigmoidoscopy.
Your doctor may instruct you to go to the hospital's emergency department if you experience severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or heavy bleeding after a sigmoidoscopy.
Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American board of Surgery
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/12/2014
Michael J Klevens, MD
Jacob W Ufberg, MD
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM
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