Sigmoidoscopy FAQ

What is Sigmoidoscopy?

Sigmoidoscopy is an in-office procedure that allows your doctor to examine the colon for many problems including cancer and pre-cancerous polyps.

Who should have a  Sigmoidoscopy?

An internal examination of the colon is recommended for everyone over 50 years old to properly screen for colon cancer. Some people with chronic or recurrent bowel problems or a family history of bowel problems should have their first exam at an earlier age. Follow-up exams are scheduled in 1 to 5 years depending on the findings of the first exam.

How is a Sigmoidoscopy Performed?

A tube about the diameter of the index finger (and about 2 feet in length) is inserted in the rectum. This tube is flexible and is advanced through the different sections of the lower colon. Fiberoptics allow the physician to see the inside of the colon. Additionally, a channel through the tube allows for biopsy or removal of small polyps.

How do I prepare for a Sigmoidoscopy?

In order to see the walls of the colon, the bowels must be cleaned out. This is done by using two enemas on the day of the exam. There are no other dietary restrictions, laxatives, or unpleasant preparations for the exam. No anesthesia is administered.

How long does the Sigmoidoscopy take?

The procedure takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

How can I schedule my Sigmoidoscopy?

A sigmoidoscopy can only be performed in the Flemington office but can be scheduled to occur any day of the week. Morning appointments, preferred by many, are available.
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No-Scalpel Vasectomy

What is No-Scalpel Vasectomy?

A no-scalpel vasectomy provides permanent sterilization for men who intend to have no more children. This procedure differs from the old style vasectomy in that there is no incision made. Only a small puncture is required. The result is less risk of bleeding, trauma, and pain than old style vasectomies. Additionally, the recovery time is much faster.

How is a No-Scalpel Vasectomy Performed?

In old style vasectomies, an incision was made to reach the vas tubes which were then cut. Stitches were placed which either dissolved or were removed at a follow-up visit. With a no-scalpel vasectomy, the vas tubes are reached by way of a small puncture. The tubes are cut and cauterized on the surface. This in-office technique requires less anesthetic, no cutting and no stitches.

How do I prepare for a No-scalpel Vasectomy?

All men interested in a no-scalpel vasectomy must first meet with the doctor for a pre-procedure consultation and examination to answer questions and review the pre- and post-operative instructions.

Prior to the surgery the man must bathe and shave a small area around the puncture site.  Instruction forms and a consent form are provided at the initial consultation.

How can I schedule my No-Scalpel Vasectomy?

No-scalpel vasectomies can be scheduled at any of our offices but are performed only by Dr. Klein at this time. Contact the office of your choice to schedule your pre-procedure consultation and examination.  At the conclusion of that visit, Dr. Klein will schedule the actual procedure directly with you.
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