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How do I prepare for a flexible sigmoidoscopy?

Your doctor will tell you what cleansing routine to use to prepare for your flexible sigmoidoscopy. In general, preparation consists of one or two enemas prior to the procedure but could include laxatives or dietary modifications as well. However, in some circumstances, your doctor might advise you to forgo any special preparation. Because the rectum and lower colon must be completely empty for the procedure to be accurate, it is important to follow your doctor's instructions carefully. 

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