At your initial consultation, useful information about the anal canal and haemorrhoids can be gained by performing a proctoscopic examination. This involves the introduction of a short plastic scope into the anal canal to allow direct visualisation of the lining of the lower bowel. The test is usually well tolerated, generally just resulting in a dull ache or discomfort that is short-lived.
INVESTIGATIONS FOR PATIENTS WITH HAEMORRHOIDS
Patients with haemorrhoids commonly have symptoms that can relate to other bowel conditions; sometimes, investigations are required to rule out these alternative diagnoses.
The most common investigations that may be required are:
An examination of the lining of the colon (large bowel) using a thin flexible, tube-like telescope called a colonoscope.
A test that allows your doctor to look inside the rectum and lower part of your bowel using a narrow, flexible, tube-like telescope called a sigmoidoscope.
What to expect with a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy:
Day case procedure performed in specialist endoscopy department
Test performed with either light sedation or entonox (gas and air) to maximise comfort
Result on the same day