Had first colonoscopy, was I exposed?

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I went in for a colonoscopy, and had to remove all my clothings. They had me put two hospital gowns on, first one open to the back, second one open to front. They put ekg leads on my chest as a preparation so they can connect the wires to the leads after I am sedated. They also placed an IV line on the right arm, pulse reader on my finger, and oxygen breathing tubes through my nostrils.

I was transported to the procedure room where they had the doctor, an intern, 2 female nurses, and the anesthesiologist. BTW, all introduced themselves and very friendly. Total 3 males, and 2 females in the room. I was asked to turn to my left side and one of the nurses exposed only my rear and placed a padded sheet underneath. I was then put under, and then remembered waking up in the recovery room still lying on my left side but with my gowns completely pulled up to my thighs almost to hip level, and sort of a towel sheet just covering my legs and posterior half of my body.

I don't remember anything during the procedure and wondering. Was my genitals fully exposed at any point during the procedure?

Other than, everything went fine. I was comfortable throughout and procedure was painless. Just concerned about the modesty thing.

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    you had a colonoscopy so it’s possible that things were exposed For a short time and it’s possible that nothing was exposed. . It doesn’t really matter. The focus was the doctor viewing your: colon using a scope . they don’t pay attention to anything else and they don’t want to see anything else. they cover you up as much as possible . it’s a medical procedure and there’s always a chance of this.

    they do these all day long one after another and are only concerned with the health of your colon. I wouldn’t give it a second thought.

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      You should soon stop worrying about modesty. As Jan wrote, they are medical people and not interested in your genitals. I've had colonoscopies, digital exams for prostate cancer including one by a female trainee nurse, catheters put in mostly by female nurses, an untrasound on my testicles by a female, enemas, peeing into a bottle while the nurse waited, helped in the shower by nurses, etc. Almost all done by females. You may have religious beliefs which makes it embarrassing or wrong, but try to overcome your concerns. Your health is important. I hope you are happy with the result of your colonoscopy.

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      Thank you. I might be putting too much thought into this. I was thinking when they connected the EKG wires to the leads already stuck to my chest; that they must have pulled the gown up to shoulder level, and I was totally exposed on the table at that point.

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    what does it matter if you were exposed!..?..the Doctors and Nurses have seen it all before!....it's the results that you should concentrate on .

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      I know, but still wondering if unnecessary exposure occurred. Do nurses also check the patient's bottom during recovery (In the recovery room)?

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    believe me, medical professionals have seen everything on patients. it’s part of their job and to them it’s no different than the mechanics seeing the inside of a car. there is nothing exciting about it and they don’t remember anything about any of their patients private parts, nor do they want to.! . it’s just very routine to them.

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