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    Senior User Sw1218's Avatar
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    My First Colonoscopy

    Hello, everyone.

    My name is Samuel. My hometown is in Atlanta, GA. and I'm 45 years old. On Tuesday, July 9th, I go to have my first colonoscopy. My paternal grandmother died of colon cancer in 1987 at the age of 54 and my paternal uncle is a colon cancer survivor [not sure what age he was diagnosed]. Also, on Feb 28th of this year, I was diagnosed with stage I grade III prostate cancer. So, my radio oncologist suggested before I do anything, I should have a colonoscopy.

    The nurse gave me a list of instructions for prep., but during the consult, my gastro doctor didn't do anything, but listen to my lungs and heart. Afterwards, he sent me to the front desk to be scheduled. From what I've learned about prostate cancer a patient WITHOUT A DOUBT MUST be their own advocate and have a great support system.

    *So, my question to you is what should be my expectations going in for this procedure?
    *What questions should I have in mind to ask?
    *Is there a specific medicine [anesthesia] I should make sure they provide?

    Thank you so much for all of your advice N advance. I'd be lost withut this forum.

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    Super Moderator Top User Baz10's Avatar
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    Being now a 9 year Colon cancer survivor and also officially diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015, I completely understand your situation.
    As far as a colonoscopy, the worst part frankly is the bowel prep, so far I’ve had seven.
    Given a familial history of CRC I’d suggest your doctor is looking after your best interests.

    Always the prep is the worst part of the whole procedure.
    I would suspect it will be done with mild sedation so you will be mildly aware of what is happening, yet probably remember nothing.
    Normally they also give IV Buscopan to relax the colon.

    There is little point in worrying as a colonoscopy is generally a safe procedure with few effects apart from a little bloating.
    After all the people that do colonoscopies have most probably carried out thousands.
    Follow the low residual diet as well as instructions on the prep leaflet.
    Once started don’t stray from the bathroom to far as you may only have a few seconds warning.
    Keep the toilet in virtual line of sight has been my experience.
    Its not the stuff to take and then take a walk or jog round the block.
    My philosophy with (intended pun) is
    Go with the flow
    Good luck and keep us posted.
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    Moderator Top User Doug K's Avatar
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    Barry is right on with the procedure and your prep. I too have had several and the prep is the most annoying. As for the procedure it is THE gold standard for detecting colon cancer. The anesthesia is dreamy... . best of luck to you. Please come back and post whatever the outcome is.

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