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Hi All, I have just returned this evening from having a colonoscopy at Murrayfielld Spire private hospital on the Wirral but booked through the NHS choose and book system.
If you are having one of these PLEASE do not worry, it was fine but I would urge you to do the following.
I had nothing to eat on Sunday ( they advised a light diet) I had lots of high juice and boiled sweets. This morning I was supposed to have my first picolax at 8am then 12pm. I had my first at 6.30am which started to work about 30 mins after initial consumption. The second sachet I had at 10.30am. I went into hospital at 6pm and went down for the procedure at about 7.45 and had just stopped having diahorrea, so it was good timing. Next, I had sedation via IV and was woken up an hour later - I was completely out for the count, I remember chatting to the anaesthetist and the next thing I woke up in recovery. I have had a sigmoidoscopy before with no sedation and found the wind pain very painful and the procedure uncomfortable.
The consultant said my bowel prep was brilliant - really clear for good viewing. They found some inflammation in my colon and took biopsies and I have a review at the beginning of September. Please do not worry - I got my normal calm self into such a state today after reading some posts - key things are get a good prep so you don't have to repeat and request absolute sedation ( not sure if I got this as is a private hospital and anaesthetist was there) also an understanding consultant helps! Finally, nearly forgot VASELINE before the diarrhoea starts and apply after every bowel movement with a piece of tissue - absolutely no soreness unlike last time . Good Luck and try not to worry x
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