Anoscopy…
a closer look inside.

Why an Anoscopy?

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.

The tool of choice

anoscopy

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.

It is a lighted plastic tube-shaped looking device that is the smallest of all the scopes used to examine the inside of the anal canal.

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

Hemorrhoids

Rectal Prolapse

Closer examination of a mass, abscess or wart like growth

(found during a digital rectal exam)

Anal Fissures

Rectal Cancer Diagnosis

Need for biopsied tissue for analysis

The discomfort involved

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

your health will be well worth the mild discomfort you feel.

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