Because of the fact that there are so many different medical conditions that are a very prevalent aspect of our daily lives, it is important to make sure that we understand the various complications that these medical ailments can have on our quality of living as well as the most commonly used practices of diagnosis and treatment that will allow us to deal with the condition faster and more accurately. An anoscopy is a very commonly used medical procedure that is used mostly in the diagnosis and treatment of hemorrhoids.
The anoscopy procedure calls for the use of a tubular instrument known as an anoscope that is inserted a few inches into the anus in order to allow the medical practitioner to gather detailed information on the hemorrhoids or even anal fissures that may be present. The anoscopy procedure, also simply called an anoscopy exam, does not require admission into a hospital but can easily be performed on an outpatient basis in a doctor's clinic.
The anoscopy procedure will require the patient to remove his or her clothing and lie down on his or her side on the examination table with the knees bent up to his or her chest. The anoscope instrument that is used measure about 10 centimeters and is then coated with lubricant before being gently guided down the patient's anal canal. The doctor may then ask the patient to simulate the internal pressure he or she creates when having a bowel movement in order to allow the anoscope to insert into the anus more easily and also identify any bulges that may be present along the lining of the rectum. The anoscopy procedure code will then see the doctor shine a light through the tube to allow him or her to have a clear view of the lining of the rectum. Once done, the anoscope will then be gently removed from the patient's anus.
Despite the fact that the anoscopy procedure is one that is regularly performed, it should be noted that the practice should never be used on an imperforated anus or even on a patient that has recently undergone some kind of rectal anal or rectal surgery. While the procedure is very safe under the right circumstances and when performed by an experienced doctor, the patient is likely to experience a rather intense amount of pressure during the examination. Besides this, the procedure would also cause the patient to feel like he or she were about to have a bowel movement. It is necessary that before the procedure you discuss certain issues with the doctor; these include preparation for the procedure, the side effects, the anoscopy cpt code, whether anoscopy with biopsy would be conducted and other such issues. All of this would give you a better understanding and keep you better prepared for the procedure.