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Examination under anaesthetic

Preparation:
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.

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.

Anaesthetic:
General or spinal

Post Op:
There is no specific care but treatment may be advised according to the findings

OPC Code:
H4430 

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