Sigmoidoscopy (Anoscopy, Proctoscopy)
How It Feels
An anoscopy, proctoscopy, and sigmoidoscopy examination can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. You may have cramping, a feeling of pressure or bloating, or feel a brief, sharp pain when the scope is moved forward or when air is blown into your colon. As the scope is moved up the colon, you may feel the need to have a bowel movement and pass gas. If you are having pain, tell your doctor.
The removal of tissue samples (biopsy) from the colon does not cause discomfort. A Reference local anesthetic Opens New Window is used when a biopsy of the anal area is done. Your anus may be sore for a few days.
You may have mild gas pains and may need to pass some gas after the procedure. Walking may help relieve the gas pains.
If a biopsy was done or a polyp removed, you may have traces of blood in your stool for a few days.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 7, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology