How safe is a colonoscopy?

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I've heard so many conflicting things about a colonoscopy and i'm not sure what to think of it. 

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    It's a good idea to get prescreened now there saying too get done in your 40's instead of turning 50 if I would have waited longer I.would have gotten colon cancer cause they found a 5 cm.polyp in my colon there is nothing too getting a colonoscopy the worst part is the prep drinking the stuff when you go.in for your colonoscopy your put too sleep. I.would get it done the only person in my family who had colon cancer was my dad's half sister and that still counts also. I have done the prep 3 times I was scared and I had nurses who talked me threw it and the fear went out the door and it only took 20 minutes for me they had too send me to colon surgeon however and have half of my colon removed and that was robotic surgery the fastest recover for that I went home the next day.. I recommend getting a colonoscopy of your having constipation and or diarrhea or black tarry stools or blood you better get that checked.

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    There will be varying views on colonoscopies, personally I don’t mind the colonoscopy itself, it’s the bowel preparation I hate, it really messes me up and leaves me feeling drained and weak.

    However, you want to know how safe a colonoscopy is, not what it’s like. Every procedure carries a risk, but colonoscopies are performed routinely as they’re renowned for being very safe, with a very low risk of complication. I say this to everyone asking this question, but people are more then willing to share negative experiences of colonoscopies, it’s in our nature to inform the world of something bad, however, it is estimated that 520,000 colonoscopies are performed every year in the UK and up to 15 million in the US, and the few recorded bad experiences amount to an extremely low percentage of the total amount of colonoscopies done, meaning there must be millions done that have all had good experiences.

    From my personal experience, watching the way the doctor was moving the scope around in me during my last colonoscopy, it made me realise actually how tough we really are inside, we are built to be quite strong and resilient.

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    Do not listen to Sonne`s reply!! ..to say it is barbaric and invasive is ridiculous!!!. If i hadn`t had a 30 minute colonoscopy i would have died years ago!!!!. There is a tiny risk of bowel perforation during a colonoscopy (which may require repair surgery). In 2004 the risk was one in 600. In 2018 i was told by a senior consultant the risk was now one in 8000..due to advancements in the procedure. Actually the consultant said he had never even herd of a perforation in his time as a doctor!! IF there are any small benign polyps in your bowel these can be removed during the colonoscopy easily. This would save you a hell of a lot of trouble later in life as polyp often turn cancerous after a number of years..then you would require major surgery and probably chemotherapy. I have never felt pain during a colonoscopy (had about 6 of them)...just pressure..always have the concsious sedation. The 2 days prep beforehand is the worst thing about a colonoscopy...restricted diet and laxatives to cleanse the bowel. In summary ..a 2 day prep ...a 30 minute colonoscopy as opposed to getting bowel cancer later in life and possible death...NO CONTEST!!!!. regards
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      Please see my reply to Raffie...a traditional colonoscopy is the ultimate preferred inspection procedure for bowel disease. MRI etc can miss tiny polyp where as a traditional colonoscopy will not!!! (depending on the expertise of the Doctor).
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      I'd say it's life saving, and I'm sure there are people that have had their life saved because of it that would say the same. Yes it's not nice to have a tube put up your backside, but I'd rather that than deal with the possible consequences of not having one. Why do doctors recommend them? Because they are a proven way to get definitive results and diagnosis' for certain bowel complications that could easily be missed with other investigation methods. And as was said before, if the other methods finds something suspect, then a colonoscopy would need to be done anyway. I've had two in recent years, the first I fell asleep for and the second was awake all the way through. It was uncomfortable, but found it very interesting looking at my insides on the screen, and with the sedation I never gave any consideration to possible complications, not even when I saw them take the biopsies. It was certainly a lot more pleasant than the bowel preparation.

      Would you not have one if it was a life or death situation?? I know what I'd do without hesitation.

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      Blimey, you’d rather run that risk for not letting doctors put a tube up somewhere where something four times the size of the tube comes out of! You’re either very brave or you have no appreciation for life. Do you feel the same about Endoscopies?
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      I think you are right, to me it sounds like someone might have quite a severe case of homophobia, if you can call doctors that perform colonoscopies ‘pervs’ then there are certainly some issue going on there!
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      Someone needs to realise they are living in the 21st century, and try to chill out a bit.rolleyes

      People look for help, support and encouragement on this site to get them through investigations and procedures they are unsure of. I think deterring people from procedures that could end up saving their lives is wrong, just because you feel and think the health care professionals performing the procedures are all perverts. I know I’m thankful to the ‘pervert’ that found and removed three polyps in my colon that could easily have turned cancerous.

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      Hi, Paul, I just had a Cologuard test come back positive... so I really have no choice in getting a colonoscopy... right?

      I am also having two CT scans done soon... abdominal and pelvic.... I wonder if they will be of any use to determine if I have any serious colon issues?

      The CT's are being done due to some strange abdominal distension, 22lb weigh loss in 4 months... also some long term urological problems got worse around the same time...

      Thoughts?

      PS: Ignore Sonne... he seems like a very disturbed young fool.

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