Hemorrhoids Proctoscopy Diagnosis
For a deeper examination a Proctoscope is used. A proctoscopy is usually performed when the proctologist wants to examine interior parts of the rectal area.
A proctoscope is a larger version of the anoscope. The length of a proctoscope is about 25 centimeters or just a little short of 1 foot! The proctoscoy procedure is similar to the anoscopy procedure. The proctoscope is lubricated and inserted into the anal canal. The light at the end of the proctoscope allows the doctor an illuminated view of the rectal area.
The discomfort experienced by a patient is relative to the depth of the insertion. The deeper it goes the more uncomfortable you feel. However the discomfort is bearable. The modern version of a proctoscope user fibre optic cables which are slimmer and therefore cause less discomfort.
The examination is done similar to the anoscopy exam. For men that means standing and bending forward. Or lying down on one side with the knees bent and close to the chest. For women it is similar to the gynaecological examination ie lying on the back with knees bent and feet raised in air.
Before the examination you may be administered an enema.