In rectoscopy, the last 20 - 30 cm of the intestine, the anal canal and the rectum are examined using a thin, flexible tube system (video endoscope).
If changes in the mucous membrane, such as inflammation, are found, tissue samples (biopsies) are taken. Polyps (mucosal proliferation) can also be removed painlessly during the examination.
After the examination, a detailed discussion of the (preliminary) result takes place and you will receive a written report with a photo and a therapy recommendation.
All tissue samples must be analysed histopathologically. This evaluation takes an average of 4 - 5 days. You will receive the histopathological findings, including an explanation and any other therapeutic measures that may be required, by e-mail, post or during a personal appointment in the office.
All findings are usually forwarded to your referring family doctor.
You take a 3g of glycerine suppository (available over the counter in the pharmacy) at home on the eve of the examination and shortly before you come to the surgery to force the urge to stool and to empty the rectum.
You do not need to fast on the day of the examination.
Since rectoscopy is usually not painful, sedation is usually not required.
Please notify us if you are taking any anticoagulant medication (e.g. Thrombo-Ass®, Plavix®, Clopidogrel, Xarelto®, Marcoumar,...) during the initial conversation before the examination.
Rectoscopy takes an average of 10-15 minutes.
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