A flexible sigmoidoscopy is a procedure in which a flexible, narrow tube with a light and tiny camera on one end, called a sigmoidoscope or scope, is used to look inside your rectum and lower colon. Flexible sigmoidoscopy can show irritated or swollen tissue, ulcers, polyps, and cancer. A flexible sigmoidoscopy can help a doctor find the cause of unexplained symptoms, such as
- bleeding from your anus
- changes in your bowel activity such as diarrhoea
- pain in your abdomen
- unexplained weight loss.
Screening may find diseases at an early stage, when a doctor has a better chance of curing the disease. Haemorrhoids (piles) are enlarged blood vessels around the anus (back passage). There are a variety of treatments available for haemorrhoids including freezing, placing a rubber band ligature around them which makes then shrivel (banding) and injection treatment. For large haemorrhoids, the only effective treatment is surgical removal of the haemorrhoids. This is an operation called a haemorrhoidectomy. A special device is used so that the surgeon can see the haemorrhoids. They are then removed by cutting them out. The lining is then stitched to the underlying muscle.
At The Holly Private Hospital, we have an expert team of colorectal and general consultant doctors who are experts in treating patients with haemorrhoids. We offer an all-inclusive self-pay package for patients requiring a flexible sigmoidoscopy + haemorrhoidectomy + banding of haemorrhoids with prices starting from £2,950 (terms and conditions apply). For more information and eligibility criteria, speak to one of our self-pay advisors by calling