How does a Colonoscopy affect anal fissures or hemorrhoids?

If a patient has ongoing problems related to chronic constipation, should they wait before going through a Colonoscopy screening? Would the procedure worsen the pain or cause further damage in the anal area?

Healthcare Providers (3)

It should not affect it negatively, but could diagnose and treat it.

It will not affect these, you can have the procedure.

Colonoscopy does not exacerbate fissures or hemorrhoids, although the prep for Colonoscopy can cause rectal discomfort in people with these problems. It will resolve soon. The diameter of the scope is far smaller than the thinnest stool one may pass, so risk of trauma to anal canal is not there. Colonoscopy will allow the operator to examine the anus and rectum in detail and seek out early cancers that can also present like fissures or bleed like hemorrhoids sometimes.

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