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Old 01-21-2019, 06:36 PM
 
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Since everyone needs routine colonoscopies, here is some great basic info:

https://www.webmd.com/colorectal-can...nBEOjmDKZdk%3d
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Old 01-21-2019, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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48 and still haven't had one. Am searching for a small, female Asian doctor with little fingers is all
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:12 PM
 
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48 and still haven't had one. Am searching for a small, female Asian doctor with little fingers is all
You'll be in la-la land, you wouldn't care if it was a 500 lb truck driver!
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Living rent free in your head
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48 and still haven't had one. Am searching for a small, female Asian doctor with little fingers is all
They don't use their fingers, they use a 6 foot rubber hose with a fiber optic camera on the end of it
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Old 01-21-2019, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Waco, TX
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A coworker died from colon cancer. So, several years ago, several of us guys decided to take the challenge. As each of us had our eventual turn, we compared notes. Out of five of us guys, only one came back scott-free. The other four did have polyps removed. I had 3. Come back in 5 years. Then had 2. Come back in 3 years. Then had 1.

Any one of those polyps could have been a bad guy, but fortunately, all were benign. It is a roll-of-the-dice. I highly recommend any dude hitting 50 years of youth start the cycle.
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Old 01-21-2019, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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I’ve been out (under general anesthesia) for mine. That part of it is nothing, go to sleep, wake up, it’s over. Now the prep part, drinking all that stuff, yuch. I threw up once trying to get it all down. BUT.....it’s a small inconvenience to guard against one of the most common killers among us.
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Old 01-21-2019, 08:17 PM
 
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Thanks for this. I have mine coming up in April.
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Old 01-21-2019, 08:19 PM
 
Location: planet earth
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If people really did research, they wouldn't be so quick to get these "mandatory" procedures.

There is a risk of perforation - and the instruments are often not cleaned properly.

I have had several of these procedures before I smartened up.

They are not only no fun, but can be dangerous.

I know there is a huge crowd of people who "believe" everything that is recommended is good for you, but I am not one of those people.
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:21 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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You'll be in la-la land, you wouldn't care if it was a 500 lb truck driver!
I always figured I preferred an old, overweight, trollish looking doc doing my colonoscopies. And I even told my primary doc I didn't want her to refer me for a colonoscopy to any doc that was too good looking, I needed someone ugly. Well, the doc she referred me to waa waaay too good looking, but I found his professionalism, his straight forward manner and the way he had at putting patients at ease, as well as his concern made me forget he was good looking. Well, not really but it made the entire experience less uh...... embarrassing.

But you're right, with the anesthesia you aren't aware of anything during the colonoscopy. So it could be a 500 lb. Attila the Hun, and he could drop you out of a 20 story window too and you wouldn't know or care.
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Old 01-21-2019, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I have had too many pre-cancerous polyps removed to ever s top getting them. I will be over the recommended age of stopping next time but my family lives forever so I'm doing it.

If you go to a reputable doctor and hospital, not Joe Blow , M.D, there is no real risk.
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