Anoscopy is an examination to the anus and rectum. During the procedure, a gastroenterologist will use a device called an anoscope to view the inside of a patient’s anus and rectum. The device, also known as an anal speculum, short with the diameter of a large stool (3 to 4 inches long)—unlike endoscopes used during sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy, which are flexible and have length to be guided through the colon. Common conditions diagnosed and treated with anoscopy include hemorrhoids and anal cancer.
During an anoscopy procedure, your doctor may detect hemorrhoids, anal fissures, abscesses (pus that collects and forms a cavity in a patient’s body tissue), fistulas (abnormal tissue connections between the rectum, anus and surrounding skin), inflammation and tumors that may or may not be cancerous. Biopsies can be performed on the spot by inserting a surgical tool through the anoscope; this process usually does not result in much pain either. If you have questions or concerns about anoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or other endoscopy procedures of the anus, rectum and lower colon—please call a medical provider today to discuss your options.
Anoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure, since most of the anus is located on the outside of the body. The test can be done without, however, some patients may elect mild sedation after conversing with their Gastroenterologist about the need for this procedure. The doctor needs to access the patient’s anus, which can be done while the patient is lying on their side on the exam table. The anoscope fed through a speculum which is lubricated and placed into the anus so that the anoscope may be administered.
Once the anoscope is in secure, a light can then we projected through the hollow of the tubular scope while a doctor examines the area of concern. Overall, the test only takes a few minutes, and then the anal speculum will be slowly removed. In Some select cases, the procedure may make patients feel like they want to have a bowel movement, but it does not cause much pain or discomfort.
First, when you arrive at our office you will be welcomed by our thoughtful staff and a dedicated team of experts that deliver personalize care. To add to your comfort level, we strive to keep the same physicians and nursing staff with the patient throughout all your appointments at the center. In this way, the staff gets to understand the patient’s concerns and conditions, and you get to know the persons taking care of you on a personal level.
Also, we strive to make your visit as hassle free as possible. We accurately schedule visits in advance, provide convenient onsite parking, and keep your waiting period to an absolute minimum. This is achieved by the fact that no emergency procedures are placed in front of your scheduled time (such as in most hospitals). Also, we do not double book patient appointments, when you are scheduled to be treated that time is assigned only to you.
When undergoing an anoscopy, the following will apply to your procedural visit:
The most important thing to remember is not to worry! Our gastroenterologist are highly experienced physicians and we have completed thousands of anoscopies, also we supply our gastroenterologist with only the best equipment to increase safety, as well as diagnostic and treatment effectiveness. Last, but certainly not least, please ask any questions you may have of your healthcare team, who will be there for you during and after your procedure, and all of whom are dedicated to ensure you receive the best care possible.
IMPORTANT HEALTH NOTE
We recommend that people experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms do not attempt self-treatment. With many medications being available over the counter, and numerous do-it-yourself online unqualified remedy recommendation, it is natural to consider treating yourself but we highly recommend against this.
If you are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms you may have a more significant issue than you would expect from the sometimes muted or infrequent symptom you may be experiencing. It is important to keep in mind that is you are having gastrointestinal symptoms or concerns it is best see a doctor to have those symptoms diagnosed and any conditions treated. Also, it is worth noting, that if health conditions do exist, the earlier they are diagnosed and treated, the greater the probability will be to successfully eliminate or manage a present condition, in fact successful outcomes will increase significantly with early detection.
If you have gastrointestinal concerns or are experiencing any gastrointestinal symptoms, please contact us promptly to schedule a consultation with a physician.
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