When it becomes apparent that there is some kind of problem in the GI Tract, whether it be bleeding, abnormal discharge, pain or itching, there are some tools that can be used by a physician to help find out exactly what is going on.
Most people are pretty uncomfortable with the thought of having anyone, doctor or otherwise looking very closely at their hinder parts. Not to mention the idea of having a scope or looking tool inserted into the anal opening and allowing the doctor to look around in there.
However, necessity should override your awkward feelings when something as urgent as rectal bleeding is happening. It’s time to find out what the real problem is in there.
One of the tools used by
physicians to closely examine the anus and anal canal, which only amount to the
last 4 to 6 inches of the lower GI Tract, is the anoscope.
An examination with this tool allows the physician to screen, diagnose, and evaluate whatever problems might be present there.
Some of the issues that might require the use of an anoscope for evaluation are:
Pain in the anal area
Closer examination of a mass, abscess or wart like growth
(found during a digital rectal exam)
Rectal Cancer Diagnosis
Need for biopsied tissue for analysis
Of course there is going to be a small amount of discomfort felt during the procedure such as feeling the urgency to go to the bathroom, or slight pressure on the insides. If a biopsy is taken using the anoscope there could also be a slight pinching sensation during that part of the exam.
Another not so fun part of the procedure is the preparation which requires the patient to clear the rectum of stool. This usually requires taking a laxative,or having a enema to help clear out the system.
All of the above might be classified as uncomfortable, but when an anoscopy is needed to answer questions about what is going on inside the rectum and anus, It’s time to just bite your lip and then go ahead and do it.
Failure to take action can
lead to worsening of the condition, and the peace of mind you will feel just
knowing you are being proactive about