Examination under anaesthetic
As for general anaesthetic in addition patients may be given a suppository or an enema to clear the lower bowel prior to the procedure. This will be dependent upon the reason for the procedure.
Usually this is undertaken with a view to performing another procedure i.e. draining an abscess or laying open a fistula (see below). An examination under anaesthetic may be required if it is very painful in the clinic to undertake a full examination. The procedure involves inspection of the skin and anus and thereafter palpation followed by visualisation of the lower bowel using a protoscope and or sigmoidoscope.
General or spinal
There is no specific care but treatment may be advised according to the findings