What is anoscopy?
Anoscopy is a simple office-based procedure that inspects the anus. The procedure is necessary to investigate symptoms such as anal pain, drainage, bleeding, itching, and protrusion. The procedure is also used to assess response to treatment. Anoscopy is performed while you are awake and lying on your left side. This painless procedure takes less than 5 minutes. A small plastic or metal instrument [anoscope] is lubricated and inserted a short distance inside the anus [Figure 1]. During the procedure, you may be asked to strain to facilitate the insertion of the anoscope.
Figure 1 – Anoscope
How do I prepare for the procedure?
You can eat the day of the procedure and take your usual medications unless instructed otherwise. In most patients, there is no preparation for the examination. In some patients, Dr. Maher Abbas may request performing 1 Fleet enema at home prior to coming for the examination [see section on How To Do An Enema]. You can drive yourself to the appointment. Kindly arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment time.
Post anoscopy care
You can resume your usual activity after the procedure without restrictions unless instructed otherwise. You can return to work the same day.
You can have regular diet and drink plenty of liquids.
You can continue your regular medications unless instructed otherwise. If you are prescribed new medications or treatment, follow the instructions given by Dr. Maher Abbas or his nurse.
Signs to watch for
No serious risks are associated with anoscopy. Occasionally minor anal irritation or bleeding can occur if you have proctologic conditions like hemorrhoids or fissure. It can be relieved by medications prescribed by Dr. Maher Abbas or over the counter hemorrhoids ointment. If you experience any other type of symptoms, contact Dr. Maher Abbas’ office nurse.
You will be informed on the day of your visit if there is a need for a follow-up appointment and any additional treatment.
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