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Are sigmoidoscopy procedures still done in pregnancy?

Can a sigmoidoscopy procedure still be done? And can you be put to sleep if you are pregnant?

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Sigmoidoscopies are still done depending on the indication. At times, they can be done without anesthesia, depending on the reason. Generally, if a patient is pregnant, we would recommend to avoid anesthesia as the risks of the anesthesia are likely low, but may not be zero.

Although a sigmoidoscopy is commonly done under sedation/anesthesia, it really does not need that, and can be done awake, as long as the patient is okay with that.

Can a Sigmoidoscopy procedure still be done? Yes. And can you be put to sleep if you are pregnant? No, it’s not a good idea to have a procedure such as Sigmoidoscopy or Colonoscopy during pregnancy, unless there is some type of procedure.

If any endoscopic procedure is ABSOLUTELY needed in pregnancy, it can be done. We generally avoid these procedures, unless the indication is absolute. A Sigmoidsocopy is done to asses the distal colon and rectum and to follow up chronic diseases under treatment. It is best avoided in pregnancy.

Yes, we still do them sometimes for certain indications, but not on a regular basis.

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