BY JULES GARBUS M.D.
At Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York, our surgeons offer a comprehensive range of diagnostic tests designed to accurately identify colorectal disorders even in their earliest stages. This timely identification of disorders allows us to provide the most effective and conservative treatment possible under the circumstances as quickly as possible. Among the tests available at our practice is anoscopy, which is used to diagnose abnormalities in the gastrointestinal tract.
Fortunately, preparing for anoscopy at our Long Island, NY colorectal surgery practice is an extremely simple affair, as the procedure is straightforward and usually painless. In many cases, patients are not required to make any special preparations for anoscopy. Your surgeon will discuss what you can expect in terms of your specific procedure during your consultation at Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists.
We invite you to schedule your initial consultation with one of our acclaimed colorectal surgeons today.
What Is an Anoscopy?
An anoscopy is a diagnostic procedure used to identify and diagnose abnormalities in the gastrointestinal tract, specifically in the inside of your anus and rectum. The procedure is effective in helping our surgeons diagnose a number of colorectal conditions, including hemorrhoids, anal fissures (tears in the lining of the anus), rectal polyps, abscesses, and, though they rarely appear in this region, certain types of cancer.
The anoscope itself is a long, rigid tube that is hollow inside. It contains a light on one end to allow our surgeons to see clearly inside the anus and rectum. The anoscope is inserted directly into the anus with the aid of a lubricant.
We usually perform an anoscopy in conjunction with other diagnostic tests, or possibly as a response to the findings of other tests. In some cases, we perform a biopsy, or the taking of a small sample of tissue for testing, during the anoscopy.
How to Prepare for an Anoscopy
Unlike many other procedures, there is no special preparation necessary prior to an anoscopy. You will, however, want to make sure that you empty your bladder and your bowels before your procedure. Doing so will help to make you more comfortable during your anoscopy. If necessary, we can provide you with a laxative or an enema prior to your procedure to help ensure that your bowels are completely empty.
When you arrive at our office for your anoscopy, you will be guided to the room where your procedure will be performed at your appointed time. You will be asked to remove your underwear and either lie on or bend over the table for the insertion of the anoscope.
Anoscopy is a simple outpatient procedure that is painless for most patients. You should be able to drive yourself home, so it is unnecessary to arrange for a ride to and from our office ahead of your appointment unless you would prefer to do so.
Learn More about How to Prepare for an Anoscopy
If you would like to learn more about how to prepare for an anoscopy, please contact Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York today.