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SUNSHINE99999 Posts: 18,934
9/21/13 4:28 P

I remember that almost like yesterday.

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9/21/13 11:12 A

Thanks for posting your experience. Congrats on your good results. My appt. (consult & procedure) is this week. I also plan to be awake w/ mild sedative. No anxiety about any of it. I'm just happy that I'm still 100% covered by Insurance.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,287
9/21/13 10:23 A

I had one a couple years ago-- the only really weird part was that I knew the doctor who did it, as a customer at the marina where I worked. So it was just a bit weird to have an "acquaintance" doing it. I was put under for it, so one minute you're there and the next thing you know, it's over and you're getting the results. He told me there's 2 kinds of polyps-- one kind never become cancer, and the other kind eventually become cancer. Little ones, they can remove during the colonoscopy. And larger ones, they have to schedule surgery for. The danger is in trying to remove something during the colonoscopy and perforating the bowel. And the bowel has a lot of twists and turns to it, so without care, it could be perforated. It's always really bad, for bowel contents to be anywhere else in the abdomen.

So I'd ask around among your friends for a recommendation on a gastroenterologist to do it; you don't want one who's perforated people's bowels.

At any rate I have no history of colon cancer in my family, and the polyps I had were not the kind that become cancer. So I'm good for 10 years, before I need to have another colonoscopy.

My DH has had colon cancer. (He's 6 years past it now, and doing well.) The treatment for it is NOT something you'd want to do. I could go into detail, but really, trust me on this one. It's horrible. Please, everyone-- do not let fear or embarassment, stop you from getting a colonoscopy. Polyps are pretty easy for them to remove, and if they find some of the potentially cancerous ones, you just get another colonoscopy within a few years, and they can remove stuff before it can become a problem.

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9/21/13 9:15 A

ZENANDNOW: Congratulations on the success!

That is interesting that you were not put under and it only took 10 minutes or so. Also, I was doing a bit of net-research, and I was surprised to learn that quite often the surgeons DON'T put the patients under because they want the patients to be alert. That is how you describe your procedure. I was told when I had mine a few years ago that it took around 30 minutes. It will be interesting to me how mine will be done the next time I have one. Your colonoscopy sounds similar to when I had my sigmoidoscopy. The next time I have my colonoscopy, I hope I have it done like you did.

Again, congratulations!

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9/21/13 6:24 A

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ZENANDNOW SparkPoints: (68,476)
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9/21/13 6:22 A

Well, I didn't realize that there has been so many posts after my first one here... emoticon Usually I get an email whenever someone has posted a comment. Not this time. Oh well...

The colonoscopy was successful. No polyps or cancer found. I'm done with that for five years I suppose. The overnight hospital stay was a precaution. The doctors were afraid that I may fall or have a hard time getting on and off the toilet. emoticon I don't know why, as I can use the bathroom just fine.

The prep went well. I was in the bathroom a few times overnight. At around 4pm, a nurse gave me Ducolax to take. Then at 8pm, I had to begin drinking Miralax-infused Gatorade. I couldn't taste the Miralax, thankfully. My procedure was at 7am. I was awake for the procedure, with only a mild sedative given. I experienced no pain at all. I watched the entire procedure on a video monitor, from my bed. The entire thing only lasted about 10 minutes or so. Then I was wheeled back to my room where I got dressed and was discharged after about an hour or so.

Easy peasy!

Edited by: ZENANDNOW at: 9/21/2013 (06:28)
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JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (575,414)
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9/21/13 12:13 A

I need to schedule mine too.

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9/20/13 11:26 P

Since my Mom died of colon cancer, I have a colonoscopy every 5 years. The test is nothing and the prep has greatly improved. One of my co-workers had the camera method, which sounded uncomfortable because of the size of the camera she had to swallow and how often she had to guzzle water. The entire process still seems so out-dated, doesn't it?

FRABBIT Posts: 2,268
9/20/13 10:14 P

Good for you. Have my second coming up. Had one done 3 years and have precancerous polyps so every 3 years now. I was lucky they scheduled it since I am under 50. Not bad at all.

LOLA_LALA Posts: 659
9/20/13 9:43 P

Good aim means everything sometimes...

I've had two of these, both done on a routine basis, and I'm with the people who say the prep was the worst part. It's such a relief to find out that all's gone well...

JBALDWIN29 Posts: 5,136
9/20/13 9:43 P

I have a phobia about these tests won't have it.

ETHELMERZ Posts: 20,195
9/20/13 9:29 P

I remember, years ago, when this test was new, they kept everyone in the hospital overnight, it was standard procedure, plus they kept an eye on you afterwards, due to sudden things happening. My father had a perforated intestine, due to the surgeon not aiming right, caused a lot of problems back then.

JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
9/20/13 7:41 P

Good for you for taking this step. I know the whole thing seems terribly daunting to many people (I was terrified, frankly) but it's JUST NOT THAT BAD. I know that my anxiety was worse than the prep and the procedure combined.

Frankly, I think we should get 500 spark points for each one - this is SUCH an important step to take.

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9/20/13 7:14 P

Well, I had one a couple of years ago, and it went fast since I was knocked out in a matter of seconds. However, I did not like the home prep, since I had to give myself an enema. That was as the saying goes, a real "pain in the * * *." I also had to drink 48 oz. of some weird-tasting liquid. However, it was the self-imposed enema that was the only thing about the entire procedure that was at all discomforting.

I plan to get another one whenever my doctor suggests it.

I also had a sigmoidoscopy around 10 or so years ago. It was done in the doctor's office and was quite an easy undertaking.

MLAN613 Posts: 18,800
9/20/13 7:06 P

I, too, am surprised they kept you in the hospital overnight. Everyone I know who's had a colonoscopy was able to do the prep at home. Hope everything turns out okay.

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9/20/13 6:43 P


DECLARE74 Posts: 2,161
9/20/13 6:22 P

Don't remember either of mine at all apart from the shame of only just fitting on the silly little "bed" and I was not the biggest in the ward before or after the procedure so I did wonder how some of the others got on :-( then again I did also worry about getting stuck in the scanner at another procedure too *blush* soooo glad I'm working on getting smaller :-)

All the best for the results - you won't need luck for the colonoscopy you won't even remember it :-)

Edited by: DECLARE74 at: 9/20/2013 (18:23)
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9/20/13 5:50 P

Me too as I am 50 this year.....My husband and I are trying to get a "twofer" rate....

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
9/20/13 2:34 P

Good luck

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9/20/13 2:21 P

For most people, you remember being awake and the next thing you know you are in the recovery room. No pain or discomfort during or after the procedure.

I hope people know how important it is not to put it off. My mother (age 78) just went back for one when her 3 years were up. The doctor found a cancerous polyp. She will have surgery next week. Please don't let this scare you. If she hadn't gone in on time, who knows how bad it could have turned out!

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1/8/13 6:12 P

Let us know how it went as I have to have my first one this year.....I turn 50 and my dad had polyps.....I know they drug you up pretty well but seriously do you feel anything at all.

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1/8/13 4:52 P

Never had one - SOOOOO terrified! Both mother and father had polyps, but all my systems are totally normal. Mother had IBS. Do they have a less invasive version now?

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1/8/13 4:13 P

Not been down that road yet...but soon. Our eldest son (27) has had 2 colonoscopies done. He has U.C. Under control now.

Hope all goes well for you [no pun intended]. emoticon

SWEETSUGAR7 Posts: 2,450
1/8/13 2:42 P

I think you will be ok. Just be glad they have these test so you can be aware of your health.


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1/8/13 2:28 P

It's truly worth all the trouble. After the first time, the fear goes away. It's really nothing to be afraid of.

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1/8/13 12:53 P

Gives me the "willies" just thinking about it!!

JEFFGIRL Posts: 11,255
1/8/13 12:10 P

I never heard of an overnight hospital stay for a colonoscopy. Both my husband and I had one-he's had two. The procedure was O.K. but I had a difficult time right before with running to the bathroom at the last minute at the center. Hope you do O.K. It is not right up there on my Top 10 List of things I would want to do.

MYUTMOST4HIM Posts: 11,453
1/8/13 12:04 P

WAY TO GO!!! I have had colorectal cancer and it is NOT NOT NOT fun!!!

I had my first colonoscopy in 2001(?) and did my prep at home and was asleep for the procedure. The Dr removed a polyp and wanted me to return in 3 years. My insurance however said no. My dr fought it for years.
I finally changed insurance companies - which entitled me to a colonoscopy and it was too late I was in the early stages of Stage 3 cancer. This was @9 years after my first colonoscopy - insurance just wouldn't approve it.. It would have cost me @ $2500 of my own money without insurance and I just didn't have it. In hind sight - I should have.

I am cancer free now and my new birthday is July 22 - it will be 3 years this year!!

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1/8/13 11:56 A

I did all my colonoscopy prep at home--and it was easy-peasy. I never had to "run" for the bathroom...I just got up & went whenever I needed to. No big deal. I have IBS, so I spend a lot of time going to the bathroom on a normal day. The prep was a piece of cake.

I was given the Versed for my procedure--so I was out of it & didn't remember. The only hard part was getting the IV in my hand--they had a hard time finding a vein! Otherwise the procedure is no problem....

Of all the hospital tests & procedures I've had done in my life, the colonoscopy was the easiest!

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1/8/13 11:51 A

Been there, done that.


I too found the "prep" worse than the exam. I know some people prefer to be asleep when they have the procedure, I was wide awake. I'll admit it. I found my colon fascinating ! LOL !!! The only thing I really found uncomfortable was the blood pressure cuff. Other than that, I didn't mind the colonoscopy at all. Do expect to be chained to the bathroom for a while. Just when you think you're done... never mind. You'd be surprized how much waste your colon can hold.

Now, what bothers me is the mammogram ! You want to talk about awkward and uncomfortable, let's talk mammogram.


Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 1/8/2013 (11:53)
DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
1/8/13 11:30 A

The prep is MUCH more of a hassle than the actual procedure.....just stay close to the bathroom and have on an outfit that comes off easily and quickly (trust me on that one). emoticon

You're lucky they're willing to keep you overnight beforehand.....might make it a little easier for you.

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1/8/13 11:08 A

Good luck!

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1/8/13 11:02 A

Well, I am off to the hospital this afternoon for my first colonoscopy. And I'm looking forward to it...NOT! emoticon I'm being kept overnight for the "bowel prep", and the actual procedure is early tomorrow morning. Should be fun, as I've always wanted to spend the evening on the toilet. emoticon

I'm not allowed to eat any solid foods today, just liquids... so I'll be hungry by tonight. emoticon I'll have to be careful not to overeat tomorrow after the procedure when I return home.

Also, no exercise today. Bummer all around.

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