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Old 11-03-2007, 07:49 AM   #41
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Alan....wow....I am amazed that you kept getting back on the table for the procedure....I think I would have ran out after the first hitch!

Rich_in_Tampa....do you think the procedure will be a lot less invasive and painful in the next 17 years?
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Old 11-03-2007, 12:12 PM   #42
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Alan....wow....I am amazed that you kept getting back on the table for the procedure....I think I would have ran out after the first hitch!

Rich_in_Tampa....do you think the procedure will be a lot less invasive and painful in the next 17 years?
I am looking forward to a time where someone just waves a tricorder sensor over my hind end.
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Old 11-03-2007, 12:58 PM   #43
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Rich_in_Tampa....do you think the procedure will be a lot less invasive and painful in the next 17 years?
Hmm, let me see: 17 years, eh? 50 - 17 = 33. So I'm guessing you're 33 yrs old.

Well my crystal ball tells me that a DNA marker for early colon cancer will be developed which would allow screening via the ever-popular stool sample. Positive results would then require a colonoscopy. The other 90% would not.

But who knows?
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Old 11-03-2007, 03:35 PM   #44
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I had a massive stomach ache for about a month 3 years ago. The doctors decided to do a colonoscopy at the same time as an Endoscopy. So I was probed from two directions at once. I vaguely remember watching the video screen and wondering which end was on the screen. Ended up having a lemon sized growth surrounding my appendix constricting the wall of my colon. Took antibiotics for three months until the growth reduced in size and then had an appendectomy.
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Had a sigmoidoscopy about 11 years ago,a nd it was clean. Never had a full colonoscopy. The virtual colonoscopy sounds interesting. Somewhere I think I read it is actually cheaper than pushing the scope up your insides? Plus no risk of bowl perferations from the scope.

Seems like a couple of significant advantages---especially if it turns out nothing bad spotted.
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I'm due for one this month, 'cept can get an appt. until next month. I have one every 5 years since my mother was diagnosed with rectal cancer many many years ago. The only problem that I've had with my past 3 tests was terrible cramping one year. I think I began eating too much and too fast afterwards. Bad cramps - went to the ER just to make sure everything was ok and it was.
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That only happens if you have it done while eating cereal.
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That only happens if you have it done while eating cereal.
Or have incredibly strong abdominal muscles ! Oops !
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I just ran across this thread, while chugging down HalfLytely (Now with FlavorPacks!) in prep for my second plumbing inspection, coming up tomorrow.

First one went well, with no problems. I had that one early to check on an 'anomaly'. It's been 12 years (I forgot...), so I'm past due.
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:17 AM   #50
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I'm scheduled for my first next month.

I have a question for others about insurance coverage. It seems that my policy will pay (subject to my normal copay) if the procedure is done in a physician's office, but it will be subject to my deductible if it is done on an out-patient basis. Since I don't have any charges against my deductible this year, I'll have to pay the full amount. In my area, I don't know of any physicians who do these in their office.

Have most of you been covered by insurance or are you paying out of pocket?
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Gail, I had mine last Friday and though all the paperwork isn't in the belief is that insurance is covering it. Mine is covered under "wellness checks" (not sure what the correct term in). i.e.; Insurance will cover one colonoscopy every x (5 or 10) years after age 50. Similar to annual blood work, periodic chest x-ray, etc.

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Apparently, the only way mine would be covered under my "wellness" plan is if it is done in a physician's office.

My thinking is, if I have to pay the entire cost, then I want to wait until after the first of the year so that it will apply to next year's deductible. It just doesn't make sense to pay out that much money this late in the calender year.
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Can your physician recommend a doctor that does these in an office rather than a hospital? Our doc is in a practice that includes an "endoscopy center" at a separate office, and that was not considered outpatient so we paid only the copay.
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I waited until I had something that caused me to meet my deductible (hernia repair), so that it was free. Perhaps you can delay a year or two until you have some other medical expense.
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Al, that's why I'll probably wait until the first of the year. I'm not inclined to postpone beyond that, since my mother died recently from colon cancer. Even though she was 93, I'm a little nervous.
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My experience with a procedure in an MD's office brought me to the conclusion that it was of limited value... and it wasn't a procedure that I want to repeat.

Years passed (at least 5) so I had one as an outpatient in a hospital which went well and turned out to have value. Frankly the anesthesia is why I would want to have the procedure in a full service facility.
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Amen to the anesthesia; I really can't imagine having one in a doctor's office.

Dr.: "Are you getting sleepy?"
Me: "No."
Nurse: "You're in recovery and the procedure is over. You can get dressed and go home."
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Dr.: "Are you getting sleepy?"
Me: "No."
Nurse: "You're in recovery and the procedure is over. You can get dressed and go home."
That's not bad, but this is better:

Dr.: "Are you getting sleepy?"
Me: "Oh, wow, man, this feels good. Oh, wow, I really..."
Nurse: "You're in recovery and the procedure is over. You can get dressed and go home."
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been there done that ... 1970 ... but I don't think I was in a Dr.s' office ...
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You all have hit on the main reason that I have reconciled myself to paying for this out patient procedure....I want all the drugs that they can legally provide!
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