A flex sigmoidoscopy examines your rectum and lower part of the colon with a lighted tube called a sigmoidoscope. This is a method of screening for colorectal cancer.
This colorectal cancer screening method examines only the rectum and lower part of the colon with a lighted tube called a sigmoidoscope.
Many insurance plans cover the screening test every four to five years starting at age 50. Medicare covers it once every four years; you pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount after Part B deductible.
Preparation for flex sig can vary. Some doctors will recommend one or more enemas before the procedure, others will recommend a clear liquid diet for one to three days, while others will advise you to forgo any prep.
Your doctor will tell you the specifics on what will be the best prep method for you.
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