Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy examination

  • interestingch...

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    Feb 18, 2015 9:03 AM GMT
    I have just been told by my Dr that I need to have a sigmoidoscopy which is a flexible camera up my back passage to have a look because of a possible problem,
    Is there anyone out there who has had this experience and what happened I'm quite worried about the whole thing, Please sensible people reply.
    Thanks, hope to hear some advice especially from and medical people
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    Feb 18, 2015 9:26 AM GMT
    You usually are anesthetized so no worries.
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Feb 18, 2015 12:47 PM GMT
    Hah hah. Don't worry, for colonoscopies you are generally always in a state of twilight sedation. This means you are still *technically* conscious, but your ability to register anxiety, pain, and external stimuli is greatly reduced and your ability to form memories is temporarily impaired such that you likely will not even remember the procedure. I doubt you'd be able to become aroused, much less pop a boner. Even if you did it's not like the doctors care. They're professionals.

    If you're like me you'll struggle to maintain awareness up until about 15 seconds after they give you the anesthetic. One moment you'll be talking to your GI specialist, the next you'll be talking to the nurse in the recovery room. It's a very bizarre experience, almost like a time skip.
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    Feb 18, 2015 2:19 PM GMT
    Actually if you're having a sigmoidoscopy (shorter flexible scope that just looks at the rectum and sigmoid, roughly one third of the colon) the above info is not correct. They are referring to a colonoscopy which looks at the whole thing and is much more uncomfortable.
    Normally for a sigmoidoscopy there is no sedation As its much less painful. There also isn't the total clean out prep the night before, just an enema or 2 the morning of and you are set.
    in regards to your issues- first, you don't need to be on all fours. I've actually never seen an endoscopy done that way (I've personally done 200 and seen more.) You will usually lay on your side send bring up one leg towards your chest. Second, the people in the room are professionals. They've seen it before.

    Lastly, you need to get laid.
  • TheBaise

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    Feb 18, 2015 4:26 PM GMT
    Had to have one of these procedures / drank the orange fluid all day the day before. Was knocked out through the whole thing. Like you've heard / I was placed on my side, and next thing I know I woke up in a recovery area. Partner came to get me / I didn't even realize the procedure had already happened. Zero pain. I don't have to go back for 7 years. Worst part / drinking the vile orange stuff all day the day before. Good to get this procedure done. Some guys in their 50's, others like me where there is cancer in the family / in their 40's.