The scope is lubricated and inserted into the rectum via the anus. It is important for the patient to relax while it is being inserted. It makes it easier to place the scope and it reduces any discomfort the patient might feel. Once the doctor is able to fully visualize the rectum and anus, the scope is carefully withdrawn. If other procedures will be done at the same time, these can usually be started immediately following an anoscopy. Once the procedure has ended, patients can usually get dressed and prepare to go back home.
Recovery and Possible Risks
While some pressure is possible, most patients do not experience pain during the procedure. A small amount of bleeding is possible in patients with hemorrhoids. A slight pinch can occur if a biopsy is taken. This is typically done as an outpatient procedure, so patients can often go home the same day.