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In Office Examinations

Digital Rectal Exam


A digital rectal exam is an exam of the lower rectum. First, the colorectal surgeon will look at the outside of the anus for hemorrhoids or fissures.  Then the physician will put on a glove and insert a lubricated finger into the rectum to check for any abnormal findings and the source of rectal bleeding. During this exam you may feel a mild discomfort. 






Anoscopy is a method to look at the anus, anal canal, and the lower rectum.  This procedure is usually done in the doctor’s office.  Your colorectal surgeon will perform a digital rectum exam fist. Then, a lubricated instrument called an anoscope is placed a few inches or centimeters into the rectum. You may feel some discomfort when this is done.  The anoscope has a light on the end, so your physician can see the entire area.


Anoscopy is most commonly performed to diagnose:


  • Anal fissures

  • Hemorrhoids

  • Infection

  • Inflammation

If you are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms such as rectal bleeding, rectal pain, or rectal burning and want relief, do not hesitate to call our office at (860) 826-3880 to schedule an appointment or request n appointment online.  If appropriate and availability allows, a consultation appointment will be scheduled for you to be seen by one of our experienced physicians, generally within a two-week timeframe of contacting the office. 

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