High Resolution Video Assisted Protoscopy
King’s uses the most advanced diagnostic technology such as high resolution video assisted proctoscopy, to ensure the best patient outcomes. This enables the surgeon to view proctoscopy images on a Laptop or a Computer system and is one of the most effective and sensitive tests for the screening of rectal and anus problems. The procedure can be recorded and images can be taken, this will give the chance to the patient to review it with the surgeon and to get full explanation about it
What Is a Proctoscopy?
Proctoscopy (also known as rigid sigmoidoscopy), is a diagnostic procedure to examine the inner part of the rectum and anus. This exam is done to look for a range of conditions affecting this area. The procedure is done by using a proctoscope, which is a straight, hollow metal or plastic tube with a tiny light at the end.
When Would You Need A Proctoscopy?
This technique is mostly used to make a more comprehensive diagnosis of the possible diseases affecting the rectum and anus, including:
- Anal bleeding
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Rectum or anal inflammation
- Rectum or anus tumors
Also, proctoscopy is used to monitor and follow-up previously treated conditions in the rectum or anus.
What Does a Proctoscopy Involves?
After the doctor explains the reasons and the steps of your procedure, you will be asked to take a cleansing bowel formula (a laxative) at home the day before your procedure.
During the Procedure
The proctoscopy procedure usually doesn’t require any sedative medication because it’s a painless treatment. The doctor will ask you to lay on your side and with your knees drawn toward your chest in the bed. The proctoscope is now gently inserted in the rectum with some lubricant. Because air is introduced into your bowel to help the doctor see better with the proctoscope, you may feel some cramping or fullness. The entire procedure usually takes around 10-15 minutes.
After the Procedure
Usually, the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and you can go home immediately after the procedure is finished. Returning to work is potentially possible on the same day. Your doctor will recommend you drink plenty of fluids and have a high-fiber diet.
Possible Risks and Complications
Proctoscopy is a safe procedure with minimal risks associated. It is posible you may experience some minor rectal bleeding and irritation as a result of the insertion of the proctoscope.