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The news that you need an anoscopy exam can be alarming, particularly if you’ve never had a rectal exam or colonoscopy in the past. Most patients worry the exam is painful, particularly if the issue in question already causes a level of discomfort.
The good news is that an anoscopy exam is not typically painful, however it may feel slightly uncomfortable and you could experience a small “pinching” sensation if biopsy is necessary.
That being said, any discomfort you experience will be relatively minimal, and you can return to your normally scheduled activities immediately afterwards.
Knowing what’s going to happen, is key to feeling more comfortable and knowledgeable about the procedure, which helps patients to relax. Being relaxed is the single most important thing you can do to minimize any type of discomfort during the exam.
Voting for The 5th Annual Bedside Manner Awards is open!
The Bedside Manner Awards honors medical providers who are voted on by the local community for their kindness, empathy and attentiveness – attributes that go a long way in gaining a patient’s confidence.
Vote in over 60 specialties for healthcare providers that you believe reflect these qualities and more when caring for you and your family including colon specialists. The voting polls close at midnight on June 15th.
Winners will be announced in the November/December issue of OurHealth Richmond magazine.