The Exam (cont.)
Based on the exact reason for your visit, the surgeon may proceed with an anoscopy. An anoscope is a small, lighted instrument that is used to look directly into the anal canal and the last part of the rectum. It is about the same size as a finger, and normally does not cause discomfort. Depending on the reason for your visit, an office-based procedure, such as hemorrhoidal banding, may be offered. Your surgeon will discuss this with you if it is an option. At that point, your examination will be complete. Your nurse will help you off the examination table and you will be asked to change back into your clothing.