On the day of your appointment, you will meet with the consultant who will discuss your clinical history with you in detail.
You will also have a physical examination, described below. The initial consultation and examination usually take 20 minutes.
During a digital rectal exam, your doctor inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into your rectum. The exam can suggest to your doctor whether further testing is needed. The procedure is quick and painless.
If your internal haemorrhoids are too soft to be felt during a rectal exam, your doctor may also examine the lower portion of your colon and rectum with a small tool called a proctoscope or sigmoidoscope. This procedure should not be painful. You may experience mild cramping, a sensation of fullness and an urge to empty your bowels during the test.
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