Reading through these feedbacks, must have put the 'Fear of God!' up the majority of readers. Now whilst the end result of that, might be good -That is, causing the query to be quickly addressed by a visit to the medics. One has to say, there does seem to be a great deal of uninformed advice being metered out here. My local hospital has clinics working five days a week, doing colonoscopy , with patients insides being checked,treated -year in year out - All routine procedures therefore.
It is not pleasant, on the first occasion, near terrifying. However if there is blood in the stool. By that I mean 'red blood' or pain at the toilet, it is likely to be piles or polyps. Could be more serious but you need to know.
These need treating to avoid more serious complications later . As for the operation,its quickly over and often the patient is not knocked out, though may be sedated to relax the body. Once discovered and treated, an annual recheck followup is our standard practice. Incidentally at the first visit to the medics, after your local doctor, the team might just go in a short way, this may be followed by a more extensive look. By the way, to examine the interior of the anus, the lubricated probe is eased in, then air is blown in to expand and stretch the walls, so any injuries can be seen. If piles or polyps are found these can be treated (silicone injection or elastic bands) plus any growth matter are sampled for laboratory examination. The instrument used contains a system which can move the probe in any direction, a light to illuminate the area, devices to treat growths, injuries and sampling tweezers. Caution is needed in the operation to ensure the bowel wall is not damaged,but one can expect to have the examination/treatment completed in less than 30 minutes. The blouted feeling caused by the applied air pressure wears off within 24 hours. In our setup, you lie on ones side, facing away from the doctor. The inquisitive patient might be tempted to caste his eyes
around the scene infront, above his 'operating table' - there's a TV screen,
(beware) this is not for the 'News', its your inside ! Just looks like going doing a rabbit hole, not too bad, until the picture shows a problem area.
Full colour obviously. One glance was enough for me.
As an aside issue - my specialist likes to have piped muzak playing whilst he is working - Gentle stuff , though perhaps the 'March of the Valkeries.' or ' 'Fingals Cave' would speed the job up.
Your first experience of the sequence is the worst, partly through apprehension, even though here we are generally told before the examination of the affects, what to expect. Later treatments, etc usually - 'A walk in the park!'
Bottom line, if you see blood in your stool, make an appointment to see your doctor NOW. They will probably give your a digital examination using a rubber glove, from this, refer you to the specialist unit.
Trust this helps. as for age, these problems can occur at any - I'm now 78 and have had a lot in my decades - treated successfully.Good luck chums. S